The Close of the Naval Years (1925–1931)

Mark Clague

in The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520251311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933811 | DOI:
The Close of the Naval Years (1925–1931)

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The chapter reviews a few remarkable moments in the islands' history to offer views on daily life, including the appearance of a German daredevil with his one-man oceangoing canoe and the early development of air travel to the islands. Adams was anally of Trench and worked to secure support for the governor's work among former islanders and officials on the mainland. A discussion of Trench's progressive initiatives offers a prelude to Adams's discussion of island politics. The arrival of the chief of the U.S. Bureau of Efficiency to investigate the islands' budget deficit, for example, would devastate Adams's musical career and his band by promoting the removal of the naval administration. This chapter depicts the sad farewell of the United States Navy Band of the Virgin Islands, which was ordered off the islands in 1931 and sent to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Keywords: German daredevil; island politics; farewell; naval administration; musical career

Chapter.  15736 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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