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Mack, William P. (1915-2003)

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Mack, VAdm. William P., U.S. Navy (Ret.) Volume I and II
Mack, William P. (1915-2003)
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Volume I

 

Based on six interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from February 1979 through March 1979. The volume contains 413 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1980 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.

 

Admiral Mack was gunnery officer in the John D. Ford on the Asiatic station when World War II began.  He was involved in early battles of Makassar Strait, Badoeng Strait, Java Sea, and Coral Sea. He tells of pioneering responsibilities in amphibious warfare in the Aleutians; of his duty as XO of the Preston during strikes on Japan, the Philippines, and Formosa; his command of the Anderson in 1946, bringing her standing from the bottom to the top of the force in less than a year; his duty as aide to Secretaries of the Navy Gates, Franke, and Connally; his planning of the naval review for President Kennedy in 1962; his tour with General Krulak in counterinsurgency during Cuban Missile Crisis and the early days of involvement in Vietnam. In 1963 he served as Chief of Information for the Secretary of the Navy. He relates experiences when the F-111 was in the news and when the Tonkin Gulf was an issue.

 

 
Mack, William P. (1915-2003)
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Volume II

 

Based on six interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from March 1979 through May 1979. The volume contains 435 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1980 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed restrictions on a few pages that are not to be released until after his death.

 

Admiral Mack continues his discussion of duties as Chief of Information and his dealings with McNamara. Highlights in this volume include: Commander Amphibious Group Two, conducting training with Marine Corps, and also recovery commander for various space-recovery shots; Deputy Assistant SecDef (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), working with SecDef Laird; in 1971, under Zumwalt, Commander Seventh Fleet (the first post-World War II non-aviator in that job), conducting mining of Haiphong Harbor and operations against the North Vietnamese; and in 1972, Superintendent of the Naval Academy until his retirement in 1975.


 
 

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