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Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters


File No.32-5-3.

CABLEGRAM RECEIVED: July 21405.    SFM. <July 5, 1918.>

Origin: Opnav, Washington.                  Ser.No. 8127.

Ref’d to       Date           Action, Notes & Initials.

 C-1           July 6             Noted E.G.B.

 A-C                                   J.V.B.1




8127. Greetings and congratulations to the Navy boys in their victory in the great American game2 it is but one more proof that the Navy can do well anything it undertakes. 15005. 8127.

Josephus Daniels.       

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identification numbers “1/3/J” appear in the upper right corner. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp.

Footnote 1: Lt. Cmdr. Edward G. Blakeslee, Sims’ Communications Section, and Cmdr. John V. Babcock, Sims’ personal aide.

Footnote 2: Daniels is referring to a historic baseball that that took place between the U.S. Army and Navy in London on 4 July 1918. The game ended in a 2-1 Navy victory. See: Sims to Sims, 6 July 1918.

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