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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Chronological Copy.                        File No. <3-7-2>

Cablegram Received May, <2, 1918.> 20405 GSM

Origin Opnav, Washington (Bunav)  Ser. No. [obliterated] 5623

S-1 3 May

29 ADR

Simsadus.

5623. 7228. On account of very large building program consider it adviseable for no transfer of Officers of any character be made from destroyer force except in case of great urgency.1 13302 5623

Benson       

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The hand-written date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the cable. It appears the serial number was originally mistyped and completely marked out, with the correct number typed after the removed one.

Footnote 1: Benson is echoing an earlier request from the Bureau of Navigation, prompted by Sims’ decision to detach a lieutenant from the destroyer force to command an armed yacht. See: BuNav to Sims, 22 April 1918.

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