Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, General Order
General Order) Navy Department,
No. 418. ) Washington, D.C.,
August 27, 1918.
Applicable alike to regulars and reservists, the uniform of any given rank or rating in the Navy shall hereafter be identical in every respect throughout except for the necessary distinguishing corps devices; and every officer in the Navy shall be designated and addressed by the title of his rank without any discrimination whatever.
Secretary of the Navy
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, Samuel McGowan Papers, Box 6.