Based on four interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., in March 1972. The volume contains 354 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1974 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
First volume covers career up to assignment as CinCPac in 1958. Served five years in battleships and destroyers. In 1929 was designated naval aviator and served with Scouting Squadron Three in the Lexington. Was nearby when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Transferred to the Saratoga and as air group commander participated in first offensive action of the war at Guadalcanal. After a year in Moscow as a member of the U.S. Military Mission to the Soviet Union, returned to the Pacific in command of the Chenango and participated in the Okinawa campaign and occupation of Japan. After war served on CNO's staff; commanded the Franklin D. Roosevelt; was commander, Middle East Force in Persian Gulf; Carrier Division 15, Carrier Division Three, and the Sixth Fleet. Upon promotion to four stars, he was Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Based on four interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., in March 1972. The volume contains 286 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1974 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
Second volume covers Admiral Felt's recollections during the years 1958-1964 when he served as Commander in Chief, Pacific. Among the subjects discussed are: Chinese bombardment of Quemoy and Matsu; goodwill trips in the Far East; dealings with Military Assistance Groups; strategic location of troops in the Pacific; early involvement in Vietnam; establishment of joint strategic planning staff at SAC headquarters in Omaha; SEATO; political unheaval in Laos, 1959-1961; Taiwan Defense Command; relationship of U.S. and Nationalist Chinese in Taiwan; U.S. military asssistance in the Philippines. Some personal notes pertaining to Admiral Felt's command in the Pacific and to developments in Vietnam are in the appendices.