Kennedy and Johnson Archive
Photos and letters from the collection of JFK's White House photographer, Cecil W. Stoughton.
Appraised by Francis J. Wahlgren
In this letter, dated May 10, 1961, President Kennedy wrote a letter to the secretary of the army, Cyrus R. Vance, commending Captain Stoughton, among others, for the part he played in a ceremony honoring astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., who on May 5 had become the first American to travel into space.
Read the full letter.