Comm. John Rodgers (center) and his crew after rest, clean clothes, and bedecked with lei by the women of kauai.
The U.S. Navy crew included: Lt. B.J. Connell, pilot; W.H. Bowlin, 1st Class Aviation Mechanic's Mate; S.R. Pope, second pilot; and O.G. Stantz, radio operator. Rodgers was the commander and navigator.
Commander John Rodgers and U.S. Navy crew flew the first trans-Pacific flight from San Francisco to Hawaii in 1925.
Their PN-9 airplane ditched 365 miles from Oahu. They were able to sail the plane to Kauai where they were found and towed by a submarine into Nawiliwili Harbor 9 days later, on Sept. 10. Their plane was shipped to Pearl Harbor where it was repaired and flew again soon after.