Richard R. Lukens
retired from active duty on August 1, 1941, after 33 years of
service with this Bureau. He is residing in Riverside, California.
have included details to the Hawaiian Islands, the Panama Canal
Zone, and repeated tours of duty in Alaska, the Philippine Islands,
and in Pacific coastal waters. In writing Commander Lukens under
date of August 1, the Director stated:
personal knowledge I am familiar with your early duties on the
old HYDROGRAPHER, EXPLORER, AND PATTERSON, as well as on the
MATCHLESS and BACHE; of your survey of the mouth of the Kuskokwim
when commanding the Steamer YUKON; of your early commands in
the Philippine Islands, followed by years of command of ships
on important isolated surveys and later of your successful career
as a representative of the Director of the Bureau in San Francisco
and Manila. Your service during the World War in the United
States Navy as covered by your transfer under Executive order
of September 24, 1917, reflected credit to this Bureau.
I know that you take great pride in the service which you have
performed, and as Director of this Bureau, I wish to express
my deep satisfaction in the accomplishment of this work, which
has been constructive and of definite benefit to the commerce
and defense of our country."