Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Commander William D. Puleston, Commander, Stringham
November 22nd. 1918
My dear Puleston:
Your letter of November 14th reached me a few days ago just as I was about leaving for Scotland, and I take the first opportunity of acknowledging it and thanking you for the flattering references you make to the work that has been done by the navy on this side. Fortunately it has all come out sooner and better than we could reasonably have expected. I think that as soon as the terms of the Armistice have been completed we will begin to demobilize as much of the navy as possible. Doubtless all of the military ships will go home leaving behind nothing but repair ships, tugs, mine-sweepers etc., and some of these will have to remain until we get all of the soldiers back home.
It may be that a few destroyers will be kept on this side, but they will be the newest boats and the last arrivals. I have no doubt that you will be glad to get back home. I cannot tell when I will get away, but I hope to see you on the other side.
Very sincerely yours,
Source Note: LT, DLC-MSS, William Sims papers, box 24. Below the close, the letter is addressed, “Commander W.B.Puleston, U.S.N./U.S.S. Stringham.”