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Hedding, Truman J. (1902-1995)

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Based on three interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen from February 1971 through May 1971. The volume contains 216 pages of interview transcript. The transcript is copyright 1995 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use. This is a revised version of the original, which was issued in 1972. The new version has been completely retyped, annotated with footnotes, and given a detailed index.

Served in the Maryland after USNA graduation, and in 1926 was designated naval aviator. He then received his MS degree from MIT in 1931; served in the Saratoga; was in Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington; commanded Fighting Squadron 2-B based in the Lexington; was air officer and XO in the Essex. In 1943 became Chief of Staff, Commander Carrier Division Three, participating in raids on the Gilberts, Kwajalein, Marianas, Truk, and Palau. Then was CO of the Valley Forge; was on the Joint Staff of JCS; Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, CinCPac; Commander Formosa Patrol Force in 1953; Department Director, Joint Staff Office, JCS; Commander Carrier Division Three in 1955; and Bureau of Aeronautics General Representative, Western District, until his retirement in 1959.


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