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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Bureau of Navigations

Chronological Copy.                     File No. <31-1-18>

Cablegram Sent Y18

To Opnav Washington (For Bunav)         Serial No. 4527

Prep. by S-1        SX   D.R.

          <September 11, 1918>  B

4527. Request 200 enlisted men be sent Brest in connection with taking over Lake steamers.1 This with the 493 already reported at Brest and the 500 requested in my 43792 and the 200 requested in my 44843 totals 1393. Request considerable number of Petty Officers be included in these drafts. Request further details be sent only on my request as I am unable to furnish quarters for more men in this connection at present.        020711   4527


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

Footnote 1: The Lake Steamers referred to were taken over from the Army for the purpose of transporting coal from England to France. See: Henry B. Wilson to Sims, 8 September 1918.

Footnote 2: See, Sims to Bureau of Navigation, 8 September 1918, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 3: Document referred to has not been found.

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