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What is the story behind the "Disney" Eagle?


Walt Disney Productions of Burbank, California created the "hydrographic surveying eagle insignia for the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1943. Personnel at the C&GS Boston Field Station requested Walt Disney Productions "design an appropriate insigne for the Field Service of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey". (You will note the similarity to the insignia that were displayed on WWII aircraft etc.) Correspondence between the Boston Field Station and Walt Disney Productions and Director of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey were the property of Mr. George E. Moore, then Nautical Engineering Aide of the Boston Field Station. He shared this information with LCDR Carl W. Fisher in 1975. On May 26, 1943: Walt Disney Productions, responded as follows, "Walt Disney is happy to present this insigne to the Field Service of the Coast and Geodetic Survey for unrestricted use within your group." This insigne was presented to Admiral Colbert, Director of the Coast and Geodetic Survey for his approval, and in June 1944 the Boston Field Office was informed by the Director's Office, "several members of the Bureau are interested in obtaining copies of the insigne... This Office is willing to reproduce the design." I interpret this as the Director, C&GS approved the insigne, and the C&GS/NOAA has given all unit's permission to use the insigne as they wish. Respectfully submitted, CAPT Carl W. Fisher, PhD NOAA retired


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