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


CABLEGRAM SENT Oct. 29, 1917.

To Opnav Washington.     Serial No. 1130

Via NCD 17 D             Prep. by M.O. Appv’d. by C. of S.1

Copies to: C. of S., J.V.B., M.O.2


1130. Commanding General Bartlett3 London states has been unable to arrange adequate supply coal for Army in France without further naval assistance. Unless otherwise instructed I will loan HOUSTON temporarily to Army for this purpose until other arrangements made.4 17229.


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

Footnote 1: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff and another officer on Sims’ staff who has not been identified. “M.O.” may be his initials, or it may refer to materiel officer.

Footnote 2: Twining; Cmdr. John V. Babcock, an aide on Sims’ staff.

Footnote 3: Brig. Gen. George T. Bartlett.

Footnote 4: See, Sims to Benson, 30 October 1917, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

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