Based on ten interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from November 1971 through April 1972. The volume contains 385 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1978 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.
Designated naval aviator in 1932, he was attached to the Milwaukee and Lexington and Patrol Squadron One at Pearl Harbor. In 1939 he served in the Enterprise and in 1941 became project officer in design of the Grumman F6F Hellcat at Bureau of Aeronautics. During World War II he was with Fighter Squadron Eight, participating in operations at Palau, Woleai, Hollandia, and Truk; then as operations officer with Carrier Division Six was involved in strikes against Saigon, Hong Kong, Formosa, Kyushu, Shikoku, Luzon, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He subsequently served at Bureau of Aeronautics; as CO of the Timbalier; with Atomic Energy Commission; with Task Force 77 during operations in the Korean area; was CO of the Ticonderoga. In 1960 he became Commander Middle East Force; then in 1964 Assistant CNO (Plans and Policy). In 1967 became Naval Representative and Vice Chairman (later Chairman) of U.S. Delegation to UN Military Staff Committee, retiring in 1969.