Based on three interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., in December 1980. The volume contains 350 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1982 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
Designated as naval aviator in 1932, he served in scouting squadrons in the Salt Lake City, Enterprise, and Yorktown. In 1941 he was at the Bureau of Aeronautics when U.S. entered World War II--was transferred as Commander Carrier Air Group Two in the Hornet. Later was CO of the Badoeng Strait in the Korean area, then CO of the Forrestal. He was Commander Seventh Fleet when the Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred and in 1965 became CinC U.S. Pacific Fleet until his retirement in 1967. Among topics covered are: training of night fighters; U.S. development of Cam Ranh Bay; study of seaplane as a weapons system; effectiveness of PBYs.