DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY THE COMMANDER OF THE NAVAL ORDNANCE SYSTEMS COMMAND WASHINGTON
28 February 1968
Dear Mr. Crowder: Thank you for your kind letter of February 22nd in which you express the sentiments of the Choctaw Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Executive Committee concerning the work which Swede Hanson has done, and is doing, in connection with the Boy Scout movement. Not only is it a pleasure for a superior officer to read comments such as yours about one under his command, but additionally, as a fellow naval officer of Captain Hanson's, one cannot help but feel very proud to know of the outstanding service which Swede has given of his own time and initiative. During my two visits to McAlester in the past year, I found one of the most noticeable things which should strike any naval visitor is the obvious high esteem in which Captain Hanson is held by the community. Your letter only serves to confirm that observation. I should like to add, however, that often such activities by our officers are never brought to the attention of those superior by thoughtful people such as yourself and the Executive Committee. I very much appreciate the fact that you took the time to write the kind words about Captain Hanson which your letter contained. With very best wishes to you and the Choctaw Area Council, I am
Sincerely, A. R. Gralla Rear Admiral, U.S.N.
Mr. Thomas D. Crowder President Choctaw Area Council, Inc. 9-477 Boy Scouts of America 200 1/2 E. Choctaw McAlester, Oklahoma 74501
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