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Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations

Action Copy.                                 File No. <27-6-5>

Cablegram Received <October 30, 1918.>  Y-19

Origin Opnav Washington                      Ser. No. 4096

Ref’d. to

Date

ACTION, NOTES and INITIALS.

SWO

30 Oct.

<R/T as our 20 to AmnavPar>1

CS

 

<NCT>2

 

 

 

53 ADR

Simsadus.

4096. For Admiral Benson. I hope you will have conference with Pershing3 as soon as possible in regard to sending over additional 14 inch guns and mounts and seven inch guns of Marine Corps. I feel very strongly that these guns should be manned by us and we are ready with specially trained personnel. Great dissatisfaction will exist throughout service if we are not accorded same cooperative privileges of service as British and French armies gave to their Naval Gunners signed Roosevelt. 01030 4096

Benson   

R E T R A N S M I T

<to Amnavpar

for Benson

NCT>

Sent 2:00 a.m. 30 Oct. 1918.

Recd 5.31 a.m. 30 Oct. 1918.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation after the text and the sent/received notation at the foot of the cable.

Footnote 1: That is, “retransmitted as our cable #20 to American Naval headquarters, Paris.

Footnote 2: That is Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining, who also attached a note below the signature.

Footnote 3: Gen.John J. Pershing, Commander, American Expeditionary Forces. The war ended before action could have been taken on this “request.”

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