At the age of 32, Lieutenant Elmer F. "Archie" Stone had already had an unusual career for a Coast Guard officer. Having completed flight training on 10 April 1917, he had the distinction of being Coast Guard Aviator Number 1 (and Naval Aviator Number 38) and had served in the armored cruiser USS Huntington during World War I when the Coast Guard had been subsumed by the Navy. So it was not surprising that in May 1919, Archie Stone was about to try something even more extraordinary.
Lest We Forget - 'Nancies' and the 'Lame Duck'
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)