From the collection of the Chief Petty Officer onboard the USS Memphis, which returned Lindbergh to the United States after his epochal voyage.
When Charles A. Lindbergh took off from New York in the Spirit of St. Louis on May 20, 1927, bound for Paris, the eyes of the world were on him. The feat was not only unprecedented, but showed the potential for the world to be a smaller place. When he arrived safely...
When Charles A. Lindbergh took off from New York in the Spirit of St. Louis on May 20, 1927, bound for Paris, the eyes of the world were on him. The feat was not only unprecedented, but showed the potential for the world to be a smaller place. When he arrived safely after a flight of 33 hours, he was met at Le Bourget airport by a crowd of 100,000 in a frenzy of excitement. It was high drama; now Europe and America were just a day apart.
President Calvin Coolidge sent the cruiser USS Memphis to bring Lindbergh and his plane back to the United States. Meanwhile Lindbergh flew a few brief flights, arriving finally in England. On June 3, 1927, the Memphis embarked Lindbergh and his plane at Southampton, England, and the next day the cruiser departed Cherbourg, France for the United States. It would arrive in Washington, D.C. on June 11 with its famous passenger.
William F. Grubb 2nd was a career Navy man and was Chief Petty Officer onboard the Memphis on that voyage. On June 8, 1927, the Chief Petty Officer’s Mess served a luncheon in Lindbergh’s honor, and Grubb hosted Lindbergh.
A postcard photograph of showing Lindbergh with his plane the Spirit of St. Louis, signed, obtained by Grubb from Lindbergh. We obtained it directly from the Grubb descendants.
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