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

Chronological File

Cablegram Sent 8 January 1918. ROC

To  Opnav, Washington.                    Serial No 2782

Prep. by [A-1?]         [BL?]1         D.R.


2782. Regarding Opnav’s memorandum 31 G of December 20.2 In view of critical oil fuel situation suggest Department consider carefully advisability of including SHAWMUT class oil burning mine layers in Mining Forces.3 22008,


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

Footnote 1: Both sets of initials on this line are crossed through and almost unreadable.

Footnote 2: This memorandum from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations has not been found.

Footnote 3: Despite the warning here, the United States did send SHAWMUT class mine layers to lay the North Sea mine barrage.

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