Based on two interviews conducted by Paul Stillwell in October 1987. The volume contains 260 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1995 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.
In this engaging memoir, Mr. Bond serves as a representative for hundreds of thousands of enlisted men whose only active military service was during World War II. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, took boot training at San Diego, and then reported to the destroyer Saufley (DD-465). He was on board for operations around the Solomons late in 1942. In 1943 he joined the navigation gang of the aircraft carrier Saratoga (CV-3), which had been in commission since 1927. Mr. Bond paints a vivid word picture of the living and working conditions in a ship that was outdated but still called upon to take part in a modern war. He talks about the ship’s air operations against the Japanese, including a stint in the Indian Ocean with the British. He provides a valuable discussion of the professionalism of the ship’s quartermasters. Detached in 1945, Mr. Bond was in the original crew of the patrol craft PCE(R)-858, including her shakedown training and her role in minesweeping operations around Japan after the war was over. Following his Navy discharge in 1946, Mr. Bond received his college education through the GI Bill, then went on to a civilian career as an executive in the trucking industry.