New York: The American Bible Society, 1955. Pictorial boards. Presentation Copy "Presented to Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN. / Chief of Naval Operations, / by the Aviation Commanders / Naval Center of the United States, April 17th 1956". Signed by 14 high level Commanders including  "W. H. Halsey" - Bull Halsey had a career which spanned 55 years and culminated as Commander of the Third Fleet,  "J.J. Jocko Clark" - Commander of the Seventh Fleet,  "Gilbert Darlington Ch C NYMN" - Chief Chaplain of the New York Naval Militia,  "John Jay Schiffelin" - Direct descendent of John Jay the first Chief Justice and heroically award the Navy Cross in WW I,  "Luis de Florez" - Rear Admiral, Navy Aviator and pioneer of flight simulation,  "Austin Doyle" - As an Admiral he commanded the Nassau and the Hornet in the Pacific Theater,  "A. D. Struble" - Arthur Dewey Struble was commander of both the first and seventh fleet,  "CT" Durgin (Calvin Thornton) - Vice Admiral and Deputy Chief Naval Officer for Air,  "Jack J Bergen (John) - Rear Admiral and Director of Aircraft Engineering from the Grumman Corp.  Robert H. Rice - Rear Admiral Submarine Commander and four other U.S. Naval Flag Rank Officers.
There is wear at the corners and bottom edge, one inch tear at top right of spine, sunning as well. Front end paper is stamped, " Surplus-1 Library of Congress Duplicate" in green ink with LofC logo. So many questions need to be answered about this book: Why the New Testament? Where were all of these great Naval leaders at one time to sign this book? Admittedly more research needs to be done to determine the historic significance of this multi-signed item. Item #434
Four Star Admiral Arleigh A. Burke spent an unprecedented three terms as Chief of Naval Operation and over saw the growth of the U.S. Submarine Nuclear capabilities. This gift from his Navy peers is a tremendous symbol of respect and appreciation from his subordinates, peers, and leaders.