Rear Admiral Henry S. Knapp, Allied Naval Armistice Commission, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED – 22 June 1919. CRB.
Origin Mission Paris. Ser. No. – 521.
22 June For information C-S.
521 Aminformed army releases military vessels of Navy from transport work. Request assignment of suitable vessel
s as Flagship at Constantinople for Bristol.It would add greatly to dignity and prestige of US Naval Representative where we have great actual and greater potential interest. A MICHIGAN, CONNECTICUT E, NEBRASKA, MONTANA, or CHARLESTON is recommended in order named. A CHARLESTON has poor fuel economy and A MICHIGAN could probably be more quickly rearmed. PITTSBURGH could be sent temporarily if relief before need by force commander.
In view diminished transportation of army person
al<nel>, estimated officially two hundred sixty thousand for July but may be less than one hundred thousand for July but may be less than one hundred thousand of third army be retained this side, request HENDERSON be assigned by command on her return to Brest. She would probably be available by time we will be able to take part in Schleswig patrol, the marines be put on board, and the ship moved to British port ready for instant service.
Request this dispatch be shown to Admiral Benson on his arrival. 113022.
Note: This message was filed at Western Union House for Opnav Washington (Rec’d by Op’r MV)
June 22nd-1919 1146 AM.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.