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. 22, 1917.
To: Opnav Washington Serial No. 616
Via: N C B D Prep. by E.C.T. Apprvd. By N.C.T.
Copies to: C, of S.; J.V.B.; (E.C.T., M.O.)
616. Opnav 475. Solution army coal problem is being taken up vigorously. Opnav’s advice to War Department to lay requirement before me two weeks ago not followed. First heard of anticipated difficulties in Paris few days ago. Arrived London yesterday from Bordeaux.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identification in upper right-hand corner: “S 936.”