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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces in France

Subject Copy.                               File No. 30/3/6

Cablegram Sent 28 June EWC <1918>

To Comfran, Brest.                          Serial No. 3231.

Prep. by  CS               C of S1   D.R.

31 ARD                 

SECRET.

3231. Following from Opnav:-  “Conference between American and German delegations proposed to meet Berne, Switzerland, five August nineteen eighteen, regarding maintenance, treatment and exchange of prisoners of war. Navy Department will have two delegates. One will be sent from here and one from your force. Please submit name of your delegate as soon as practicable.”

          I wish to nominate either Captain N.A. McCully or Captain H.H. Hough. Inform me by cable which of the two you would prefer should serve.2 02129,  3231.

Sims.    

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

Footnote 1: Presumably “CS” and “C of S” both referred to Chief of Staff, which, for Sims, was Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 2: Capts. Newton A. McCully and Henry H. Hough. Wilson’s reply has not been found but in early August Hough was temporarily relieved from his duty as district commander at Brest. Wilson to Sims, 18 August 1918, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, box 440.

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