Realm of Project Mercury Recovery Force
Astronaut and Spacecraft
Know ye by these presents that
Adm. Arleigh A. Burke USN
Chief of Naval Operations
is hereby designated member by virtue
of providing forces for the recovery of United States
First Astronaut Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr.,
on completion of his historic space flight on 5 May 1961.
F.V.H. Hilles RADM U.S.N.
Commander Project Mercury