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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Forces Operating in European Waters to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

              CABLEGRAM SENT          31 October 1917

To:       Opnav, Washington                 Serial No. 1197

Via:      N C B 10 A D R     Prep. by BAL  Appvd. by ECT1

          Copies to BAL only.

VERY SECRET

1197. Steamer PANNONIA carrying U. S. troops was routed from New York in mercantile convoy as vessel was too slow for Halifax convoy. The danger in this is manifest. Recommend troops be sent in fast convoys only.

Sims.     22431

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Cmdr. Byron A. Long, Sims’ aide, in charge of convoying, and Paymaster Eugene C. Tobey, also an aide on Sims’ staff.

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