Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Lieutenant Commander Frank D. Berrien, Commander, U. S. S. Nicholson
December 10th, 1917.
My dear Berrien,
I just wish to let you know that both I and all the people here in the office remarked and very much appreciated the manner in which you handled the situation in connection with the sinking of the submarine by the FANNING. This appeals to me as officer-like conduct of the nicest style. I am sure you know what I mean. You were the Senior Officer Present on the spot and could have taken charge but you turned it over to the Captain of the FANNING. It is exactly what I would have expected you to do.
I hope that you will have the luck to get one of these pirates one of these days.
Very sincerely yours,
Source Note: LT, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Box 49. Following the close, the letter is addressed, “Commander F.D. Berrien, U.S.N./U.S.S. Nicholson,/Queenstown.”