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Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Chronological Copy.                         File No.<4-3-19>

     Cablegram Received   <August 22, 1918.>      CFD

Origin Opnav Washington (Secnav).                Ser. No. 219

M-1 Aug 23             

42 ARD                  CONFIDENTIAL

Simsadus

219. Reference your 2614, 2777, 2471.1 Thorough investigation has been made this end. In order that to leave nothing undone Department directed Bureaus concerned to send over representatives to follow up material under its cognizance, ascertain how this material can be handled differently in order to avoid delay. Ensign Lynch2 now abroad will represent Ordnance,Lieut. Comdr. Pickering3 will arrive later. Bucon will send 4 officers Bureau S.E. 2 Bureau of Supplies & Accounts 2. Latter will look out for Bureau of Navigation. They will act together you will afford them all possible assistance and have them cable Department any suggestions as soon as they discover where improvements can be made. As soon as duty completed these officers will return to United States and resume duties.4 18022 219

                                  Benson

                                  8:28 AM Aug 23, 1918

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B. Handwritten date confirmed by time date stamp at end of cable. There is a typed note below close: “2777 is a R/T of B 4776 M-1/2471 is a R/T of B 4494 M-1/N.B. These two messages R/T by M-1.”

Footnote 1: For 2614, see: Hutchinson I. Cone to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 29 July 1918. Document 2777 has not been located, but for further information about it, see source note. For 2471, see: Hutchinson I. Cone to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 3 June 1918.

Footnote 2: Ens. Charles McK. Lynch.

Footnote 3: Lt. Cmdr. Nelson W. Pickering.

Footnote 4: This cable refers to aviation parts. For more information, see: Sims to Daniels, 21 August 1918.

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