Based on 11 interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from March 1974 through December 1974. The volume contains 615 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1978 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1933 and being designated a naval aviator, he reported to Patrol Squadron Eleven in San Diego in 1938. In 1940 he was flight instructor at NAS Jacksonville, and then a member of Flight Standardization Board. In 1943 he had duty as Commander of Fighting Squadron One in the Yorktown and received the Navy Cross for personally scoring a direct bomb hit on a Japanese aircraft carrier in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and for action in the Marianas. Later highlights in his career were duty as: CO of the Naval Pre-Flight School at Pensacola; CO of the Randolph; Commander Carrier Division Two in the Enterprise in operation Sea Orbit, the first nuclear task force on a good will tour of world ports. Before retirement in 1971, he was Chief of Naval Air Training.