Based on four interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from August 1969 through June 1971 and one interview conducted by Paul Stillwell in December 1985. The volume contains 424 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1994 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.
After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1932, Waters served in the heavy cruiser Augusta (CA-31) and destroyer Downes (DD-375) before taking postgraduate training in ordnance engineering. He then went to England as a special naval observer in the period when Britain was engaged in hostilities but the United States was not yet in the war. That led directly to his assignment to set up the Navy's first mine disposal school in Washington after his return. He served later in the cruiser Memphis (CL-13) and on the staff of Vice Admiral Jonas Ingram, both in the South Atlantic and when Ingram commanded the Atlantic Fleet. Waters was skipper of the destroyer Laffey (DD-724) during the Bikini atomic bomb tests in 1946. He later commanded the transport Glynn (APA-239) and Destroyer Squadron Two. While commanding the Naval Weapons Station at Yorktown, Virginia, he was selected for rear admiral and then served as Commander Destroyer Flotilla One. After duty as Commander Mine Force Pacific Fleet and Naval Base Los Angeles, he began a long tour of duty as Oceanographer of the Navy, up to his retirement in 1970.