Commander Alfred L. Giacomini died
Thursday morning, February 7, 1935,
in Garfield Hospital, Washington, D.C., after a short illness.
Born in Oakland, California, December 15, 1876, he graduated
from the University of California in 1899, and entered the
Bureau's service shortly afterward.
For many years he served on vessels engaged on the survey
of the coast of Alaska, taking active part in hydrographic
work, triangulation, and astronomic observations. He was attached
to the Ship PATTERSON during the season that chronometric
longitudes were determined at a number of points in the Bering
Sea, and assisted in the observations on Nunivak Island. Later
he was a member of the party which explored and surveyed the
approaches to the Kuskokwin River, in the Bering Sea. Commander
Giacomini also had extensive surveying experience in the Philippine
Islands, and was on that duty in 1917 when he was transferred
to the United States Naval Reserve Force and assigned to duty
on the U.S.S. WILMINGTON. He later served as executive officer
of the ex-Dutch Ship Tjikenbang which was operated by the
Navy as a troop and freight transport on the run from New
York to France.
On February 25, 1919, he was released from the Navy and returned
to duty in the Coast and Geodetic Survey, serving as assistant
chief of the division of charts until 1927, when he was assigned
to the duty of flight checking the new airway maps of the
Department of Commerce. He continued on this duty until the
time of this death.
During his experience of 8 years as a flight checker he had
many close calls and was in several crack-ups, but was never
seriously injured. His genial disposition endeared him to
all, and his work was an important contribution in the production
of the airway maps of the United States.