Secretary of War Newton D. Baker to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
3 July, 1917.
My Dear Mr. Secretary:-
Word has just come to the War Department that the last ships convoying General Pershing’s expeditionary force to France arrived safe today. As you know, the Navy assumed the responsibility for the safety of these ships on the sea and through the danger zone. The ships themselves and their convoys were in the hands of the Navy, and now that they have arrived, and carried, without the loss of a man, our soldiers who are the first to represent America in the battle for democracy, I beg leave to tender to you, to the Admiral, and to the Navy, the hearty thanks of the War Department and of the Army. This splendid achievement is an auspicious beginning, and it has been characterized throughout by the most cordial and effective cooperation between the two military services.
(signed) Newton D. Baker,
Secretary of War
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B