Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Capt. William V. Pratt, Acting Chief of Naval Operations
DISPATCH TO BE SENT
Date November 15, 1918
Prepared by CS No. Simben 42
SIMBEN 42. For Acting Chief of Naval Operations.
Referring to my 9622 of June 15, 1918, my Simben 16, and other cables and correspondence covering a period of five months.
I feel that there is due me and the officers concerned some authoritative explanation of the action of the Bureau of Navigation in the matter of my often repeated recommendation that these officers be promoted.
It is well known that frequently, since my first recommendation was received, other promotions have occurred, in cases precisely parallel to those of the Class Four Reserve Officers recommended by me, and I feel that this apparent discrimination, coupled with the long delay, has warranted the officers concerned in believing that their cases have not received due consideration. I am convinced that the inevitable result of permitting these officers to return to civil life without the recognition accorded to others that are no more deserving, and that have no longer, and, in some cases less, service to their credit, will be anything but promotive of the Navy’s best interests in future.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.