Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Cablegram Received 25519 MJK
<18 December 1917>
Origin Opnav, Washington (Bunav) Serial No. 1675
1675. Your 2206 - Bureau does not question merit of assigning experienced destroyer engineers only to new destroyers but personnel situation does not permit deviation from fixed policy regarding engineer officers for 330 new destroyers. Engineer officers being ordered approximately six months in advance and given special training. These engineer officers are Lieutenants of regular permanent establishments. Bureau will later request services of experienced destroyers engineer officers to assist in training. 17158
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.