Based on 11 interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from August 1970 through December 1971. The volume contains 303 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1972 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.
After he was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1932, Admiral Ward attended MIT where he received his MS in electrical engineering. In World War II he was gunnery officer in the North Carolina, participating in the battles of Guadalcanal, battle of Espiritu Santo, and bombardment for the landing in Kwajalein. After the war he was CO of the Hollister. In 1961 he served as Commander Second Fleet and Commander Strike Fleet, Atlantic, involved in the Cuban blockade. During the years 1963 to 1965, Ward was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, first for plans and policy, and then for fleet operations and readiness. He completed his distinguished naval career serving as the U.S. Representative to the Military Committee of NATO.