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Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters


January 15,1918.

Vice Admiral Sims:

Opnav 2210. Your 2920,1 (BOX) In accord with your recommendation Department will detach Captain Leigh from Buseng2 and direct him to report to you for duty in charge of all chasers assigned for foreign service period. As such his temporary assignment to the anti-submarine division Admiralty as liasion [i.e., liaison] officer will be fitting period. Another officer will be assigned to the direct command of the first flotilla of seventy two chasers directed to fit out for distant service.3 16015.


(Sgd) Josephus Daniels. 

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Note below close: “Copy sent Bunav.” The Bureau of Navigation handled personnel matters. Identifying numbers at top of page: “Op-29 – M” and “OL 2210.”

Footnote 1: See: Sims to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 14 January 1918.

Footnote 2: Capt. Richard H. Leigh, Bureau of Steam Engineering.

Footnote 3: Eventually, command of the submarine chasers was given to Capt. Lyman Cotton. Still, Crisis at Sea: 451.

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