Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED November 13, 1917
Origin Opnav Washington. Cer. No. 1093
From Secretary of Navy for Admiral Benson. After consultation with Admiral Mayo that following coal-burn(ing) dreadnoughts were selected to form division to be despatched to England: USS NEW YORK, USS FLORIDA, USS DELAWARE, USS WYOMING.
These ships after dock(ing) should be ready to sail about November 25th. Rear Admiral Rodman will command this division. 17012.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is a “COPY,” as per a note at the bottom of the page. A later editor dates the document originally to 12 November 1917, and addressed it from “Opnav” to “Simsadus.”