Based on 13 interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from January 1971 through January 1974. The volume contains 520 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1975 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
His early years in the Navy included service in the California, Tuscaloosa, Zane, Goff, Gilmer, and St. Louis. Was damage control officer in the light cruiser Houston in 1944 when she was twice torpedoed off Formosa. He tells a harrowing tale of the survival of the Houston and her crew--the ship took more water aboard than had been taken aboard any ship that survived in World War I or World War II. He was then XO of that ship the latter period of the war. Later tours were: plans officer for President of Naval War College; CO of the Hollister during Korean War; plans officer, Commander Joint Task Force 7; Head, Strategic Studies Board, CNO; Commander Surface Striking Forces, Seventh Fleet; and several positions in strategic warfare, finally as continued on active duty as Naval Advisor to Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Maritime Affairs.