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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

Cablegram Received       September 12 <11>, 1917,

Origin Opnav Washington       Serial No 395

Via N C B D 5                 Date No. 1801

Copies to C. of S.; J.V.B.; E.C.T.1    File No.

Action referred to:

     E.C.T.

From Chief of Naval operations.

To Commander of Naval Forces in European Waters.

395.  19108 navy has no enlisted men capable of assembling mines period  This work is done by Navy Yard Employees at Navy Yard, Norfolk Va., and the enlisted personnel know nothing of the procedure. 18011

Admiral Benson

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

Footnote 1: Sims' Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining; Sims' aide, Cmdr. John V. Babcock; and Paymaster Eugene C. Tobey.

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