Based on ten interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from November 1971 through May 1972. The volume contains 384 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1972 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1920, Admiral Wellborn served in the New Mexico and Nevada and then in the West Virginia as aide and communications officer, Commander Battleships, followed by similar service in the California. In 1933 he served three years at BuOrd, then returned to sea as CO of the Perry. He later was navigator in the Concord and gunnery officer for ComCruBatFor in the Honolulu. During World War II, he first served as Commander Destroyer Division 16 involved in amphibious landings in Sicily and then with the Fifth Amphibious Force in the Pacific. After a tour as Director of Officer Personnel at BuPers, he assumed command of the Iowa, participating in the first landing and occupation of Japan in 1945. Later highlights in his naval career included: Chief of Staff to CinCPac; Commander Second Fleet, Commander Eastern Sea Frontier; and Chairman of U.S. Delegation, UN Military Staff Committee.