Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
October 30, 1917.
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 1166.
Via NOD 18 A Prep by J.V.B. Appvd by N.C.T.
Copies to: C. of S., J.V.B.
1166 Opnav 888. Apparently no shipping authority included. Do not believe the vitally important decisions can be reached without complete and authoratative information concerning United States shipping situation. Earnestly recommend shipping authority come with commission or follow immediately after. References my despatches numbers one hundred and forty-six, one hundred and forty-seven and two hundred and eighteen. 18030
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.