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Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Rear Admiral Augustus F. Fechteler, Commandant, Fifth Naval District

UNITED STATES NAVAL RADIO SERVICE

TO: COMMANDANT FIFTH NAVAL DISTRICT.

FROM: OPNAV.

BROADCASTED FOLLOWING FROM WASHINGTON FOR YOUR INFORMATION ENEMY ACTIVE 20 AUGUST ELEVEN HUNDRED G. M[.]T.1 THIRTY-NINE SEVENTY TWO TWENTY FOUR2 21 AUGUST FIFTEEN HUNDRED G.M.T. FORTY FORTY TWO SIXTY-FIVE THIRTEEN THIRTEEN HUNDRED G.M.T. THIRTY NINE FIFTY FOUR SIXTY NINE TWENTY FIVE THIRTEEN THIRTY G.M.T. FORTY THIRTY EIGHT SIXTY FIVE TWENTY FOUR SIXTY MILES WEST OF CAPE CANSE 22 AUGUST FORENOON THIRTY NINE THIRTY TWO SIXTY THREE ELEVEN3 11023.

1:55 P.M.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The message is typed on a Navy Radio Service form with a great deal of printed material that has not been reproduced.

Footnote 1: That is, Greenwich Mean Time.

Footnote 2: That is, 39° latitude; 72° 24' longitude. That pattern is followed throughout this message. These gave the location of sightings of the German submarines U-156 and U-117, then operating in American waters.

Footnote 3: On the same day Opnav ordered Capt. George F. Cooper, commandant of the Fourth Naval District headquartered in Philadelphia, to send to sea the destroyer Patterson and “all available Sub-Chasers” to make a sweep from the entrance of Delaware Bay to southern Long Island. Ibid.

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