Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Bureau of Navigation
Chronological Copy. File No. <25/2/11>
17 September <16> 1918 Y-14
To Opnav Washington (Bunav) Serial No. 4891
Prep. by O-4. SX D.R.
4891 My 3336. Will personnel requested be sent? It is important that more trained officer personnel be supplied for keeping detection devices afloat in efficient condition. Owing to lack of trained personnel in this line, these devices, especially on destroyers, are not maintained efficiently and results are not what they should be. These devices are becoming more complicated as their efficiency is increased, and it is essential to place them in charge of specially instructed officer personnel. I request that ten bright reserve officers be sent here for training for this duty. Previous knowledge of these devices not essential provided officers sent are well educated and show good technical ability. More will be needed as devices are further installed on destroyers. Trained listeners are urgently needed. See my 7788. 184216 4891
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the document.