Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
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From: Admiral Benson
To : Secretary of the Navy
Bensec # 14 Following message from Rodman to Department has been forwarded to me by Sims for further transmission quote Should Blue be detached from USS TEXAS, request he be relieved by Beach, Palmer to command USS NEW YORK and remain chief of staff unquote I recommend no change in commanding officersUSS TEXAS and USS NEW YORK.
From time to time since Ninth Division has been in European waters question of chief of staff that force has been under discussion. I have consistently opposed this idea because contrary to our policy and organization to appoint chief of staff for division. If change in this policy has been made, policy was decided upon and Palmer appointed without my knowledge and without reference to Office of Naval Operations. As this force is soon to return to its normal status as a division Atlantic Fleet I wish to reiterate my views and to suggest no chief of staff be appointed and if such step has been taken that appointment of same be revoked.
If on the other hand Secretary of the Navy has already decided to detach Blue I see no reason why Beach should be transferred from USS NEW YORK to USS TEXAS in order to make vacancy for Palmer. In my opinion Beach performing his duties satisfactorily and if Blue detached Palmer may be ordered to command the USS TEXAS without disturbing personnel of USS NEW YORK.
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28-6 5:35 pm 11-28-18
Source Note: Cable, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 415.