Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
Sent: June 11,1917. To: Secretary of the Navy
Through: State Department.
Eighteen Admiralty has requested and I recommend that a U.S. Naval Officer be assigned to me for exclusive duty in Admiralty in connection with convoys and selection of rendezvous and similar important duties concerning movements our government ships as affected by submarine campaign (stop) Officer should be Commander, as head of that Admiralty Department is a Captain. Very important he be carefully selected with view of insuring desirable cooperation and relations (stop) With increase of our military and naval forces in European waters and their attending shipping for maintenance the questions of convoy and routes will become increasingly intricate and important (stop).
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.