Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Rear Admiral Herbert O. Dunn, Commander, Azores Detachment, and Rear Admiral Albert P. Niblack, Commander, Patrol Forces Based at Gibraltar
Chronological Copy. File No. <16/4/34>
Cablegram Received <September 4, 1918.> LOR
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. 917
N-1 Sept 5
53 ADR. SECRET.
917. For Dunn and Niblack. Naval Attache, Lisbon, Portugal, reports as follows QUOTE Inasmuch the expected food ship from Africa has suddenly failed the Madeira Islands face starvation within a week. The Minister of Interior and Governor Maderia Islands appealed to me to have U. S. Navy send immediately a cargo of corn from the Azore Islands or Gibraltar. I have telegraphed both places at length. There is no corn here. It is requested Navy Department second this. It is earnestly approved by Minister UNQUOTE Department desires information and report as to affording immediate relief from either place. 16004 917.
4:39 a.m., September 5, 1918.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.