Special Order No. 4

Identifier

CD002

Description

A commendatory dispatch from the Commander Cruiser and Transport Force to the Captain and crew of the USS Mount Vernon for the leadership and conduct of the Captain and crew after being struck by a torpedo.

Source

Bud Feuer

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Library and Museum

Contributor

Language

English

Text

U.S.S. Mount Vernon

SPECIAL ORDER NO. 4

The Captain takes great pleasure in publishing the following commendatory dispatch received by cable from the Commander Cruiser and Transport Force, together with the acknowledgment of the receipt of same:

22 September, 1918

            “Your report of torpedoing U.S.S. Mount Vernon just received . The forces under my command deplore the loss of your gallant seamen, but we hasten to congratulate you on splendid leadership and seamanship after being struck. Conduct of Captain and crew reflects a state of discipline and efficiency most gratifying. You have added a page to the service.

GLEAVES”

U.S.S. Mount Vernon

            24 September, 1918

From: Commanding Officer

To: Commander Cruiser and Transport Force.

  1. The receipt of the cablegram from the Commander Cruiser and Transport Force, dated September 22, addressed to the U.S.S. MOUNT VERNON is herewith acknowledged.
  2. The cablegram has been read to the entire crew at General Muster. The words of commendation contained in this dispatch are deeply appreciated and will inspire the Captain, Officers and Crew to increased zeal and endeavor in the performance of their duties.
D.E. DISMUKES”

Original Format

Print; Black and White

Files

CD002.jpeg

Citation

Gleaves & Dismukes, D. E., “Special Order No. 4,” 1918 Septemeber 24, CD002, Melinda Cox Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.