Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED 21 Nov. 1917.
Origin Opnav Washington Serial No. 1241
Via NCB 21 D Date No. 15021
Copies to File No. 55-4-2
Action referred to:
CNO 537 sent Paris
1241. For Benson. Department has requested State Department to obtain following permission from Portuguese Government:- To dispatch Admiral Dunn and staff to Ponta del gada to command temporary Naval base that place. To send 1 aviation company 90 men with machines and 50 marines for sentries and guard duty at that station. Minister Lisbon, Portugal reports Portug[u]ese Prime Minsiter and Minister for Foreign Affairs have left for Paris to participate in Allied Conference. It is suggested these matters be taken up fully with Portuguese officials at Conference. 15021
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is an “Information Copy.” Document is dated by a latter editor to 21 November 1917. Transcriptionists initials, “JWB,” in the upper right corner.