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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. 18, 1917.

To:   Opnav Washington        Serial No. 582

Via:                 B.A.L.1

File No. 34/5/2

Copies to:      C. of S.; J.V.B.; B.A.L.2

582. WHIPPLE TRUXTUN and WHEELING arrived Azores.3 CAMILLA RICKMERS4 BARRY DECATUR DALE and CHAUNCEY Arrived Aden5 12017   18118.


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

Footnote 1: Cmdr. Byron A. Long, head of the Convoys Section of Sims' staff.

Footnote 2: Sims’ Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining, and Cmdr. John V. Babcock, Sims' aide.

Footnote 3: Whipple and Truxtun were smaller and older Bainbridge-class destroyers; Wheeling was a gunboat.

Footnote 4: Camilla Rickers was a German steamer seized by the United States in 1917, renamed Ticonderoga, and fitted out as a troop transport.

Footnote 5: These destroyers (Barry to Chauncey inclusive) were old Bainbridge-class destroyers that had been stationed in the Philippines as part of the Asiatic squadron. They were intended for service in the Mediterranean.

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