Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Read, Commander, Seaplane NC-4

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May 27, 1919.      

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USS ROCHESTER

For Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Read commanding NC-4 Seaplane care of Rear Admiral Plunkett1 period The entire Navy congratulates you and your fellow aviators on your epochal flight period The Ocean has been spanned through the air and to the American Navy goes the honor of making the first transatlantic Flight period We are all intensely proud of your achievement and thankful that it has been accomplished without mishap to an y of the daring aviators who left our shores on the first air journey to Europe period To all of them and to you all honor is due. 20027

          Josephus Daniels

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identification number “8651” appears on the right side of the page near the top.

Footnote 1: RAdm. Charles P. Plunkett, Commander, Destroyer Forces, Atlantic Fleet. Rochester was Plunkett’s flagship.

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