Rear Admiral Albert Gleaves, Commander, Convoy Operations in the Atlantic, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
July 4, 1917.
Quote destroyers which came with convoy to Europe have received orders from Vice-Admiral Sims to proceed immediately to Queenstown. One group of convoy is now ready for return to the United States. The departure of the destroyers leave the transports without protection. Stop. Two submarines are now operating off the entrance. I have informed Vice-Admiral Sims that the convoy must have an escort of destroyers but his order was repeated. Under these circumstances I consider it unsafe to permit the transports to leave the port Stop.
I am holding the convoy ships here until fur ther orders from Secretary of Navy Stop. I request that the Commander of the U.S. Forces in European waters be ordered to send a division of destroyers to escort the transports through danger zone, so that my orders from the Secretary may be carried out stop. The French Government cannot give sufficient protection Gleaves. Unquote. 23004.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. In the upper right-had corner is the identifying number “295.” As seen in the notes below, Gleaves was in St. Nazaire, France.