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

Cablegram Received 4 November 1917.

Origin    Opnav Washington. (Benson)1           Serial No. 961

Via       N C B 19 D                             Date No. 13003

Copies to COS, JVB, PEC2                       File No.


961. Transfer to receiving ship Boston, Mass. via first available conveyance one unit of twenty-five men for each of the three destroyers LITTLE, KIMBERLY, SIGOURNEY and report ratings sent. It is anticipated that destroyers will be completed at rate of eight per month after January first. Men of lower ratings will be transferred to base six via American Line steamers at the rate of one hundred per week to provide men for training. 13003.

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Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. “Action Copy.” appears in the upper-left corner. There is a table below “Copies to” which has been omitted.

Footnote 1: Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations.

Footnote 2: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ chief of staff; Comdr. John V. Babcock, one of Sims’ aides; and a third member of Sims’ staff whose identity is unknown. The last set of initials might also be “PEG,” “REC,” or “REG” but they have been crossed through and are obscured.

Footnote 3: The Bureau of Navigation.

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