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Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board, to Commander Paul Foley and L. I. Thomas

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <46-4-1>

Cablegram Received July <13, 1918.> 03414 RES

Origin Opnav, Washington.                        Ser. No. 8489

     C-3  14 July

          33 ADR


8489. Hurleys Number 10 for Foley and Thomas from Shipping Control Committee. Your 191 received and will be acted upon. We give you authority divert American Tank Ships as exigency may demand except in case of GEORGE C. HENRY (CT), WIELDRECHT and JOSEPH CUDAHY (CT) which are operated absolutely by American Army. Sanction regards these steamers must come from General Pershing2 as Army Department here will not act without Pershing’s approval. Will confer decide monthly shipment to be made to each French Port based upon firstly<:> requirements secondly<:> conditions of tank storage. Will this information be conveyed to us for our guidance in allocating steamers if so information conveyed to French Mission by French Government should be in agreement. Have received no Italian stock reports since that of end April notwithstanding repeated requests to Italian Mission. We are seriously considering withholding confirmation allocations of July tonnage for Italy until stock reports forthcoming. 15013. 8489.


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

Footnote 2: Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing, Commander-in-Chief, American Expeditionary Forces.

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