Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
23 Dec 1917
From: V. A. Sims.
2366. Your 1732. I strongly deprecate any effort to create an impression that our naval forces to European waters have been avoidably hampered by failure of the Navy Department to comply with my recommendations for various things, particularly personnel period.
It is of course well known that the anti-submarine campaign and the protection of allied shipping have been and still are hampered to a considerable extent by insufficient number of certain types of vessels, especially destroyers, and by certain class of personnel, and I have repeatedly made recommendations in accordance with the requirements of the situation. To these recommendations the Department has always responded with the assurance that reinforcements of both vessels and personnel were being sent to the maximum extent consistent with the many requirements of the Department in these respects.
The decision as to the relative importance of the employment of our Naval Forces and personnel in the theatre of actual war operations in European waters and at home must necessarily rest with the Department and I consider it the first duty of those at the front loyally to accept such decisions and to make the best of conditions which are at present admittedly unsatisfactory and must so remain until the energetic measures now being taken to increase our anti-submarine force produce the necessary reinforcements. 08223.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.