Captain Walter R. Sexton, Staff, United States Naval Forces in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Henry S. Knapp, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED APRIL 1, 1919.
Origin SIMSADUS LONDON Ser. No. 1456
PRIORITY FOR ADMIRAL KNAPP.
REPORTS RECEIVED BY BRITISH WAR OFFICE FROM GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING AT MURMANSK INDICATE SERIOUS UPRISING ABOUT 150 MILES SOUTH OF MURMANSK ON GREEK PORTS (?) IN THE COURSE OF NEXT FEW DAYS. HAVE DIRECTED USS GALVESTON AND USS CHESTER ORGANIZE COMPLETE LANDING PARTIES AND BE READY TO LAND ON ARRIVAL INMURMANSK IN CASE OF NECESSITY AND TO MAKE BEST PRACTICABLE SPEED. WITH YOUR CONCURRENCE INTEND DIRECTING MCCULLY USE LAND FORCE THESE TWO SHIPS AFTER CONSULTATION WITH GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING AT MURMANSK. IT IS PROBABLE LANDING PARTIES WOULD ONLY BE REQUIRED LOCALLY. SEXTON 173001
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. A table with spaces for additional information about the cable’s sender(s) and intended recipient(s) is included with this copy, but as it is largely left blank the editor has chosen not to reproduce it.