Marines in Naval Aviation
The first Marine officer assigned to aviation duly was First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham, on May 22, 1912. He was Naval Aviator No. 5 in the Navy. Marine officers detailed to aviation duty following Lieutenant Cunningham were First Lieutenant B. L. Smith, First Lieutenant William M. Mcllvain, First Lieutenant Francis T. Evans, First Lieutenant Roy S. Geiger, and First Lieutenant David' L. S. Brewster. all qualifying as Naval Aviators between the dates May 22, 1912, and July 5, 1917.
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