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Stroop, Paul D. (1904-1995)

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on eight interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen from August 1969 through January 1970. The volume contains 258 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1996 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use. This is a revised version of the original, which was issued in 1970. The new version has been completely retyped, annotated with footnotes, and given a detailed index.


After graduation and duty in the Arkansas, Admiral Stroop competed in gymnastics in the Olympic Games of 1928. He then trained and was designated naval aviator. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, he served as staff officer for Commander Task Force II in the Lexington, participating in battles in the Coral Sea until the Lexington was lost. He then became planning officer for Admiral Fitch in the South Pacific. In 1944 he was aviation plans officer for CNO, Admiral E.J. King, accompanying him to the Yalta Conference. Later duties included: CO of the Croatan; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, CinCPac; CO of the Princeton, patrolling the Korean coast in 1951; Commander, China Lake Naval Ordnance Test Station; Commander, Taiwan Patrol Force; and Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet.


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