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Captain William V. Pratt, Assistant (Acting) Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

[3 December 1917.]

Cablegram Received  12504

Origin Opnav Washington  Ser. No. 1411



1411. For Benson.1 Bill being prepared by Judge Advocate General calling for increase in enlisted strength of Navy to total of approximate 150,000. Provision for increase in enlisted strength of Marine Corps to correspond with Navy increase inserted. What is your policy in regard to increase in Marine Signed Pratt. 13003


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is a: “Chronological Copy.”

Footnote 1: Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations.