Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent 31 January 1918. ROC
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 3508
Prep. by CS [unreadable] D.R.
3508. Your 2450. Subject thoroughly discussed with Admiralty who agree with me that it is best that all ships be dispatched within as short a period as possible in order that the most of them may arrive at destination before operation is discovered and understood by enemy. I have not at any time intended to be understood as recommending that vessels be dispatched as a convoy or group. Wheat is the most needed cargo, but other food stuffs would be useful, 19431
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.