Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Subject Copy. File No.
CABLEGRAM SENT <November 10, 1918.>
To SIMSADUS LONDON <(For Opnav.)> Serial No. <Mission 9>
Prep. by D.R.
For Opnav. Mission No. Nine. The following instructions have been sent Rear Admiral Bullard quote It is desired that you send one or more chasers with officers in whose discretion you have confidence to Cattaro and other ports along the coast in which there are Austrian naval or merchant vessels. Get in touch immediately with French Commander-in-Chief and as far as practicable cooperate with him and the British representative. The attitude of the Italians is not clear nor altogether satisfactory. If the situation warrants and it is practicable proceed to Pola and get in touch with the Jugo-Slav representatives. Do all in your power to convince them that we are in sympathy with their efforts and will do everything to safeguard their national interests. USS BIRMINGHAM leaves Gibraltar November Ninth to report to you in Adriatic. A destroyer will also be ordered to report to you in the Adriatic. Due to the attitude of the Italians the situation is becoming extremely delicate and the Department will expect you to handle it. It is very necessary that the Jugo-Slavs be fully impressed with our sympathies and our intention of lending them every possible assistance to establish a stable government and afford them all necessary relief and assistance. Unquote
Paragraph. Latest information at French Ministry of Marine indicates that Bullard is at Venice. <Unquote. 021910.>
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Someone has written “file” just above the signature. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation handwritten at the end of the text of the cable. In the top left-hand corner is printed “Form A.”