By Gary E. Weir
Via global conflicts and the chilly struggle, the U.S. army and American ocean scientists drew nearer, changing a wedding of necessity right into a courting of feat. starting in 1919, this learn lines the 1st forty two years in their joint quest to appreciate one another and the deep ocean.
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Extra resources for An Ocean in Common: American Naval Officers, Scientists, and the Ocean Environment (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series)
This correspondence best marks the beginning of an oYcial naval commitment to modern oceanographic research. Hayes suggested that activities like testing the SDF with Davis in the Philippines or supporting the Hawaiian Bird Island Expedition provided a key to the navy’s future. He had become frustrated with congressional reluctance to provide regular and adequate funding for the NRL and voiced concern about the adverse eVect that this might have on his underwater sound work and other projects destined to move to the laboratory.
T H E H AY E S I N I T I AT I V E B E A R S F R U I T 25 Guy Davis, with Prof. 7 On 29 February 1924, Davis wrote to Lawson, who taught mineralogy and geology at the University of California, asking for his views on cooperative oceanographic ventures. Reporting on the request to the NRC’s annual meeting in April, 1924, Lawson commented on the competence of his division to address the questions presented and the importance of the navy’s appeal: “Any comprehensive plan of oceanography which the Navy may adopt will require the advice, if not the direction, of a disinterested body representing the various sciences concerned, and it would be diYcult to Wnd a more appropriate and competent body than the Division of Geology and Geography of the National Research Council.
Reporting on the project to the CNO, Simpson described meeting 16 AN OCEAN IN COMMON with Gregory and making him fully aware of the shortage of available naval vessels. However, he diplomatically reminded Admiral Coontz that both Roosevelt and Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. ”39 It did not take long for the Navy Department to declare its support. In May, 1922, Assistant Secretary Roosevelt told E. W. Nelson that the navy would deWnitely help the bird island project. In expressing his support nine months later, Henry Wallace suggested that the expedition might prove even more valuable to both his department and the navy if the venture included surveys of Wake, Midway, and Johnston Islands.
An Ocean in Common: American Naval Officers, Scientists, and the Ocean Environment (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) by Gary E. Weir