Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Based in Europe, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Chronological Copy. File No. <8-2-22>
Cablegram Sent Sept
27 <26,> 1918. Y-19
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 5618
Prep. by AC SX D.R.
5618. Through Lord Reading and with assistance of Commander Baker have procured appointment by British Government of a special official charged with duty expediting American war press dispatches from France. Commander Baker came here charged with this duty by Chief Cable Censor and its accomplishment due chiefly to his knowledge of subject, his European experience, personality and wide acquaintance with officials. I believe his continuous co-operation with the special British official essential to continuous success of this measure. Threefore strongly recommend he be assigned this duty. To send a less experienced and competent man would seriously imperil success so much depends upon purely personal influence in co-operation. Understand Secretary specially interested in this matter. 172526 5618
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date at the top of the document is confirmed by the time-date stamp at the end of this document.