Captain Arthur J. Hepburn, Commander, Submarine Chaser Detachment Three, to the Staff of Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Copy No. 3. FLOTILLA FLAGSHIP
Officer Originating SC #3 SENT
MELVILLE SEPT 28 1918
2740 Following from Subchaser Detachment Three Quote In view prevelance influenza and probably disablement of vessels through illness of Officers request permanent assignment of 6 Officers for training and as reliefs with this detachment. Two vacancies at present[.] No officers now available except temporary officers under instructions Lieutenants Walsh and Metters are valuable as Base Officers but are not regarded as physically capable of duty on Sub Chasers Signed A J Hepburn unquote.---160028----2740.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 413. Notations appearing in top-right corner: “System W/Code PL/Coding Officer 6/Time Sent <1620>.”