Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
JANUARY THURSDAY 24 1918
. . . Council of National Defense met: Willard had resigned. Who should succeed him? Discussed Baruch as successor. Baker inclined – I favored – Redfield rather opposed Houston decidedly opposed- I urged no man be appointed who was not devoted to success of Wilson administration, Chief trouble too many men in on war business who had no loyalty to Wilson-
Decided to take over wreckage companies to send over to Europe & do our own work in saving navy & merchant ships aground or in trouble- . . .