Based on seven interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from September 1975 through February 1976. The volume contains 484 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1979 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
Highlights of the admiral's career were: when he served as gunnery officer in the battleship North Carolina during many crucial engagements in the Pacific (1944-1945); when he served in destroyers, first as skipper of the Compton, then as commander of a destroyer division, and later as commander of the famous Destroyer Squadron 23; when he served with Admiral R. Kelly Turner on the United Nations' Staff Committee (1945-1947); and when he served as Commander, Naval Weapons Laboratory at Dahlgren, Virginia (1960-1961). He later became disillusioned in assignments at the Pentagon during the McNamara regime and tells of his dealings with the "Whiz Kids" before his retirement in 1964.