Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
File No. 39-3-8
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED <August 16, 1918.>
Origin Opnav Washington (Secnav) Ser. No. 9992
Ref’d to Date Action, Notes and Initials.
C-S 17 Aug
9992 In view of action already taken presumably before the President’s request reached the King there is nothing to be done and of course in this delicate matter decoration could not be returned. I take it that no other will be given except might be awarded for distinguished and courageous conduct in battle. Am writing. 20116. 9992
930 AM Aug 17th. 1918
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference in columnar fashion: “1/3/J.” The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the cable. This cable was sent on Daniels’ behalf by Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations (or someone on his staff).