Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Information Copy.

          CABLEGRAM SENT      20th November 1917.

To   Opnav, Washington.           Serial No. 1562

Via  NCB 18 D.                    Prep by. CNO Appvd. by NCT1

File No. 55-4-2   

Copies to:         COS, CNO      G

              1562

VERY SECRET.

Your 1168. Reference paragraph 2.2 Recommend Captain McKean3 be given orders to visit from time to time destroyer building plants with view to keeping Department informed on progress of destroyers and general efficiency of the plants concerned. It should be distinctly understood that Captain McKean must not assume prerogatives of a Bureau inspector, and that he must not act on Bureau matters. Signed Benson

Sims.        

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

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

Footnote 3: Capt. Josiah S. McKean, a member of Benson’s staff in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.