Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Certain Naval District Commandants and Other Officers

U. S. NAVAL DESPATCH

     <September 17, 1918.> Receiving Date.

Prefix Origin  No.  Operator or Signalman  Check   Date and Time

       OPNAV   ONE       OH                  49        3:28 am

18/9/EB. 

VIA NORFOLK BROADCAST             System         Code of Cypher   

                                  RADIO           BONES  G

ADDRESS --- C-in-C

From reliable information it is believed that the U- 152 is due on our coast the first week in October1 and that she is expected to lay mines off Atlantic City and southeast of CURRITUCK

COMNAVDIS ONE TWO and THREE2 COMCRUFOR3 COMNAVDIS FOUR FIVE4 C-in-C5 COMNAVDIS SIX, SEVEN EIGHT AND FIFTEEN6 12010

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Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The cable is on a printed form. There is much printed material headed “Sending Data” that has been omitted since those boxes were not filled in.

Footnote 1: While U-152 did sail in the direction of the United States, it was operating several hundred miles from the American coast when recalled to Germany on 20 October. Clark, When U-Boats Came to America: 289-93.

Footnote 2: That is, Commandants of Naval Districts One, Two and Three: RAdm. Spencer D. Wood, Commo. James P. Parker, and RAdm. Nathanial R. Usher.

Footnote 3: That is, Commander, Cruiser Force, which was RAdm. Albert T. Gleaves.

Footnote 4: That is, Commandants of Naval Districts Four and Five, and Six: Capt. George F. Cooper and RAdm. Augustus F. Fechteler.

Footnote 5: Adm. Henry T. Mayo.

Footnote 6: That is, Commandants of Naval Districts Six, Seven, Eight and Fifteen: RAdm. Frank E. Beatty, Cmdr. Warren J. Terhune, Comm. Valentine S. Nelson, and RAdm. Marbury Johnston.

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