Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Rear Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander, Atlantic Fleet, and various Division Commanders
<May 1, 1917.>
USS PENNSYLVANIA Flag,1
Sigcode: In order to expedite preparation of vessels destroyer force designated for distant service following grouping by division is made colon Division Seven ROWAN flag ERICCSON WINSLOW JACOB JONES CASSIN TUCKER period Division Six CUSHING flag, BENHAM O’BRIEN NICHOLSON CUMMINGS SAMPSON period Division Seven date of completion set for May fifth by which date all vessels of Division must be assembled at Boston ready for sea period Division Six date of completion set May tenth by which date all vessels of Division must be assembled at New York ready for sea paragraph Instructions to home yards in conformity with above have been issued period PENNSYLVANIA and Division Commanders issue necessary instructions <period Acknowledge Flags Penna, SEATTLE, ROWAN, CUSHING, 15001.
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. The portions in angle brackets, including the date, were added by someone in pencil. In the top left corner is the identifier “OP-10-D.” In the top right corner is “OCC-548.”
Footnote 1: PENNSYLVANIA was the flagship of RAdm. Henry T. Mayo, Commander, Atlantic Fleet.
Footnote 2: SEATTLE was the flagship of RAdm. Albert Gleaves, Commander, Destroyer Force.
Footnote 3: Cmdr. Charles E. Courtney, commander, destroyer ROWAN. Division Seven arrived in Queenstown, Ireland, on 17 May 1917.
Footnote 4: Cmdr. David C. Hanrahan, commander, destroyer CUSHING. Division Six arrived in Queenstown on 24 May 1917.
Footnote 5: This designation means the cable was in code and this is the deciphered version.