Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Bureau of Ordnance
Subject Copy. File No. <27-5-5>
18 <September 17, 1918.> Y-3
To Opnav, Washington (Buord). Serial No. 4994
Prep. by M-4 & P-1 SX D.R.
4994. My 4879. After further consideration of entire situation I consider that we would be warranted in assuming certain risks in still further reducing our reserve supply of major caliber guns in order to assist Army to maximum possible extent. I there recommend a reserve supply of two guns for each battleship in European waters and that any surplus of guns be made available for Army. 184517 4994
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation following the text.