Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
1917 SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER
Reached Norfolk Navy Yard and went at once to Training Station where 4,500 young men drilled. Made them an address after they passed in review. Told of 1,600 men in ranks promoted since war was declared & counselled them to do all they could to win promotion -
Then visited Navy Yard and made thorough inspection. Dry Dock work going ahead rapidly. Navy needs to buy land opposite side of river for ingress and egress of big ships- Marine Barracks should be moved & space given to Navy Yard industrial work - Ways for building dreadnaughts & destroyers going ahead slowly.
Had officers of Navy Yard to lunch on Mayflower, then in auto went to Hampton Roads. The Mayor promised to regard Norfolk as a branch or station of the Navy & do everything possible to safeguard young men. Would segregate the colored section of the town.