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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Cablegram Sent Dec. 23 1917.

To Opnav Washington                        Serial 2377

CS                      NCT1

2377 Your 1733.2  I am unable to understand the meaning and intent of the Department’s cablegram. I have forwarded no request for personnel or material which was not needed in the prosecution of the war in European Waters. The Department may assume that no request will be received from me which are not justified by conditions in these waters. 23423.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “31/2/61/3/J.”

Footnote 1: Capt. Nathan C. Twining. “CS” likely also refers to Twining, who served as Sims’ Chief of Staff.

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