Based on four interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen from November 1970 through March 1971. The volume contains 349 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1972 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.
After being graduated from the Naval Academy in 1923 and earning his MA in Engineering from Penn State in 1930, Admiral Smoot served in the submarine Narwhal until 1933. During World War II he was CO of the Monssen, which was one of the escort ships of the Hornet transporting Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's flyers for their famous strike on Tokyo. His ship later participated in the Battle of Midway; assault and occupation of Guadalcanal; the first battle of Savo Island; and the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. In 1944 he was Commander Destroyer Squadron 56 involved in the Battle of Surigao Strait and assault on Iwo Jima. His later career included duty as: CO Newport News; Commander Cruiser Division Three; Commander Mine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Commander, U.S. Taiwan Defense Command.