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

Subject Copy.                               File No. 11-7-6.

CABLEGRAM SENT OCTOBER 15 <14>, 1918.   Y-5

To:   Opnav Washington.                      Serial No. 6960

Prep. by    CS              NCT1 D.R.

42 ARD                 

CONFIDENTIAL.

6960. In view of certain inaccurate statements appearing in American and British press the following is furnished for the Department’s information. United States Naval vessels have escorted sixty-one percent of all United States troops over seas and the percentage is increasing[.] British Naval Vessels have escorted about seventy percent of all overseas shipping which has proceeded in convoy, including neutral and allied vessels and including transports and cargo vessels 152014 6960

SIMS.         

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation following the text. Document identifier: “3/C/H.”

Footnote 1: That is, Capt. Nathan C. Twining, who was Sims’ chief of staff (“CS”).

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