Based on six interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from July 1972 through June 1973. The volume contains 322 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.
Admiral Royar's memoir is unusual among those in the Naval Institute's oral history collection in that it deals with the career of a Supply Corps officer; most of the others are from line officers. Admiral Royar wound up his career in the mid-1950s as Chief of Naval Material. Previously, he had been Paymaster General of the Navy and Chief of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts. He had a good deal to say on the Navy's old bureau system. Royar was a graduate of the University of California and joined the Navy in 1917 when the United States was engaged in World War I. He tells of shipboard duty in the cruiser Chicago and carrier Saratoga and duties in purchasing and supply at a number of shore stations. He was involved in supplying foreign nations with material through Lend-Lease and MAAGs. As a senior officer, he enjoyed excellent relations with the news media.