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

Cablegram Sent

Sept. 10, 1917

To Opnav Washington

508. 18030 Can accommodate following ratings at once for distribution to and training on destroyers period. Thirty five quartermasters or seamen for quartermaster thirty five radio electricians seventy machinists mates one hundred and eighty seamen one hundred and eighty fireman period. As soon as arrangements are completed will wire additional number men that can be accommodated in rented barracks period. All men must bring full bag hammock and mattress blankets and all transfer papers period Upon establishment barracks can train men of every rating in destroyer complement period Cancel request for 297 men from a reserve listed under column B form 25 forwarded with my letter P-27-2 of August fourteenth1 17210.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document notes: “Prep. by W[illiam] A[ncrum]. Appvd. N.C.T.”

Footnote 1: While this document has not been found, for a discussion of training men for destroyer duty, see: Joel R. Poinsett Pringle to Sims, 5 September 1917.

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