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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 02303  Feb. <3, 1918.> ETC

Origin   Opnav Washington

24D.

VERY SECRET

Simsadus.

2685.  State Department sending Ambassador1 message regarding operation of Brazillian vessels with our force. Department extremely anxious arrangement agreed upon between you and Admiralty and in inter-allied Naval Council to have Brazillian Naval vessels operate with our force be adhered to and carried out.2

          The final result is of vital importance. 02303

Benson.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date was handwritten at the top of the page; it is confirmed by the time stamp on this copy. Identifying number in top right-hand corner: “25-1-15.”

Footnote 1: Walter Hines Page, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Footnote 2: On the agreement and why the United States believed it so important to work closely with the Brazilian Navy contingent, see: Sims to Josephus Daniels, 1 February 1918.

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