Admiral “Bull” Reeves, commander of the U.S. Fleet, wasn’t the smallest amount bit happy once he got the latest world news. He’d in person bonded Franklin D. Roosevelt’s aides that, as a result of the talent of the U.S. Navy, there was completely no probability that any reasonably ‘hostile incident’ might occur throughout a Presidential voyage.
His confidence in his department’s ability to safeguard the President once he was out of the country was jolted and he was seriously embarrassed. whereas he knew he ought to be happy with Commander Wiley’s accomplishment, he could not facilitate feeling irked and irritated by the ‘stunt’ force by the captain of the dirigible Macon.
On July 1, 1934, President Roosevelt boarded the significant cruiser Houston and started out from capital of Maryland on a special cruise. His 14,000 mile voyage would take him across the Caribbean, through the ship canal, 0.5 manner across the Pacific to Hawaii and on to Portland, Oregon. Travelling with the President were Assistant Secretary of the Navy Henry L. Roosevelt and also the obligatory security and fourth estate groups.
Lieutenant Commander Victor Herbert Victor Wiley, one in all solely 3 survivors of the wreck bemused of the dirigible Akron in might of 1933, assumed command of her sister dirigible, Macon in Gregorian calendar month, 1934. Stationed at Offset Field in Sunnyvale, urban centre County, California, Wiley, so as to check freshly developed detection and search techniques, set to do to search out the President within the bigness of the Pacific Ocean. victimisation solely latest world news paper reports regarding the voyage and public info out there on the Houston, the Macon raced three,500 miles to the spot wherever tricky believed the ship ought to be.