June 11, 1927: Lindbergh and the US Navy


While faulted for being an isolationist in World War II, once we were committed as a nation, so was Lindbergh.

Today in 1927, the USS Memphis (CL 13) arrives at the Washington Navy Yard with Charles Lindbergh and his plane, Spirit of St. Louis, after his non-stop flight across the Atlantic.

Later that day, Lindbergh becomes the first person to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross when President Calvin Coolidge presents the award at the Washington Monument grounds. Lindbergh departs on May 20 for the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic, and he lands 33.5 hours later at Le Bourget field, Paris, France.