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 Dec. <00222> <December 21, 1917.> ROC
Origin: Opnav Washington Ser.No.173
Via: 18 D
1733. Due to the numerous requests for personnel particularly officers and material it is difficult to avoid the impression that requests made upon you by subordinates are not considered in their proper relation to any definite plan of action and to the existing conditions at home. In the future the Department desires that these conditions be borne carefully in mind and the Department wishes that each request of this nature receive your own personal and serious attention before recommendation is made. 20021.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. There is an identification number in the upper-left corner, but it has been completely obliterated.