34th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Dwight D. Eisenhower” AS PRESIDENT, August 1, 1960, The White House Washington stationery but sent from Newport, Rhode Island, to “Captain Harold E. Shear, USN / Commanding Officer, / USS PATRICK HENRY SSB(N) 599, / c / o Fleet Post Office, / New York, New York”, in full:
Thank you very much for your hospitality on board PATRICK HENRY last Monday. My visit was both pleasant and informative, and I was impressed by the way your crew handled themselves and their equipment.
I appreciate, too, your kindness in presenting to me a handsome model of the ship, and I send to all the officers and men my particular gratitude for the autographed photograph that you also gave to me.
I wish you all luck and God speed in carrying out the great responsibility the future holds for you.
Attached to board of the same size.
President Eisenhower visited the USS PATRICK HENRY on July 25, 1960. He toured the submarine and then boarded the Barbara Anne, from which he watched the firing of two Polaris missiles from the submarine and then made the following statement:
“This demonstration exceeds in significance for the nation’s security even the most optimistic predictions that I had heard about the expected efficiency of this new weapons system. I am proud of the patriotic and competent personnel who have brought about this great achievement. Moreover, in the crew, officers and men, I find another example of traditional morale and training of our armed services personnel.”
Harold Shear would become an Admiral in the US Navy.