Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
January <28, 1918,> 07489 WHK
Opnav Washington (Secnav) Serial No. 2521
B-1 Jan 29
2521. Average stay in port of debarkation of last ten transports that have returned was 19 days. Average loss of time is 2 weeks per transports. Department desires that you have this matter investigated at earliest possible moment. Take such steps and make such recommendations as will reduce this delay to lowest practicable minimum. Urgent. 11028.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “11-5-15”; and in columnar fashion: “3/0/J.”