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


          TELEGRAM RECEIVED  Sept. 28, 1917.

Origin    Opnav, Washington             Serial No. Opnav 347

Via       N.C.B.A. 13                       Date No. 18028

Copies to C. of S., J.V.B., B.A.L.1

     C. of S.           



Opnav 547.  Several reports received from American vessels engaged in troop convoy would indiacte [i.e., indicate] insufficient convoy force on leaving French ports. In view of increased number of our naval vessels now operating in these waters Department hopes that this matter will receive immediate attention 18028.

Admiral Benson.         

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

Footnote 1: Sims’s chief of staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining; Sims’ aide Cmdr. John V. Babcock; Cmdr. Byron A. Long, head of the Convoys Section on Sims' staff.

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