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Lieutenant Commander Charles R. Train, United States Naval Attaché in Rome, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters


File No:  25-9-16

Serial No.    112

Cablegram Received May 01205 <1918>   LEM

Origin, Alusna, Rome.

Ref’d to      date      Action, Notes and Intials.

OS 2          May 5         SX

CS1                    Cabled Rome May 6

N-3           May 7         R. C. H.2

O-4                          R.H.L.3

See cable 113 from Rome, R.C.H4



112. Chief of Staff. Italian Navy5 submits verbal request through me for submarine chasers for escort and required Submarine Operations Tyrrhanean coast, to be operated by U.S. Navy personnel but gasoline supplied by Italian Government. He would appreciate any number possible. When Ford destroyers6 are available would appreciate two or more. 15004 112.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 387. Document reference: 1/5/6/C/D.”

Footnote 1: Sims’ Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 2: Lt. (j.g.) Robert C. Hayden, Twining’s assistant.

Footnote 3: Capt. Richard H. Leigh, Operations Section, Anti-Submarine Division, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.

Footnote 4: This cable has not been located.

Footnote 5: Chief of Italian Naval Staff VAdm. Paolo Thaon di Revel, Italian Navy.

Footnote 6: For Sims’ response, see: Sims to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 6 May 1918.

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