Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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

Chronological Copy.

               <February 25, 1918.>

     Cablegram Received 02325 Feb EWC

Origin Opnav Washington               Ser. No. 3252

CS-21 26-2-18

21 ADR.

Simsadus.

3252. Two Hospital Ships USS HAVANA and USS MERCY ready in very near future, Capacity about five hundred beds each. In view large number of vessels now over there and possibility of Naval battle and other contingencies contemplate sending one to be stationed with your force. What do you recommend?2 12025.

Benson.      

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Probably Capt. Walter R. Sexton, Sims’ Assistant Chief of Staff.

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