Based on eight interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from May 1972 through May 1974. The volume contains 352 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1974 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
Designated naval aviator in 1929, Admiral Pirie served in the Lexington, Langley, and Raleigh. In 1942 he was Assistant Air Operations Officer for Commander Air Force PacFlt. In 1945 he was Commander Carrier Division Four, participating in assault and capture of the Marianas, Palau, the initial raid on the Philippines; Okinawa and Formosa; the Battle of Leyte Gulf; and South China Sea Raid. During final months of the war, he was Air Ops Officer on staff of Fleet Admiral King. He served as Commandant of midshipmen at the Naval Academy in 1952. Subsequent duties included: CO of the Coral Sea; Chief of Staff to CinC, U.S. Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean; Chief of Staff and Aide to CinC U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Commander Carrier Division Six, Commander Second Fleet; and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air) until retirement in 1962.