44 West 75th street, NYC.,
May 10, 1941.
Lucius C. Dunn,
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.),
I have been intimately acquainted with Lafayette Hubbard for a period of about seven years from my own knowledge of naval tradition, custom, usage, etc., would say without hesitation that Hubbard measures up to all requirements.
I am not too well informed on his family background. I have met his father and mother, who are “Navy”, the father being a Lieutenant Commander, and therefore a matter of record. I am acquainted with his wife and am sure she would be a credit to her husband in his capacity as a navy officer.
It would be unthinkable to question his sobriety, integrity, loyalty or patriotism as I know him. Above and beyond this I cannot too highly recommend him for personal initiative, quick and accurate thinking where these characteristics are needed; for his ability as an analyst of the most knotty problems that could confront him; for,
aside from purely military considerations, his literary genius, his high standing in the field of writing on a vast variety of subjects.
I understand that for years he has been interested in naval problems somewhat outside those he might be called upon to solve as a naval officer, but my own lack of detailed knowledge precludes my passing judgment on him in relation to such problems, except to say that if I were exercising important command I would not hesitate to delegate authority to him, without reservation, sure of his reliability and judgment.
Arthur J. Burks
File/Ref. No.: OMPF LRH 01-012