Captain Amedeo H. Galvani, U.S. Navy (Retired) , graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1942, joined the USS Burns (DD-588) in February 1943 two months before her commissioning, and was her acting commanding officer when she was decommissioned in June 1946. He retired from the Navy in 1972 and now lives in Virginia Beach. His son, retired Navy Captain William Galvani, helped him prepare his article.
J. T. McDaniel served as an information specialist with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He is the author of the submarine novel Bacalao (Riverside Books, 2004) and series editor of American Submarine War Patrol Reports (Riverside Books).
Nicholas J. Mirales is a program manager in the Air Combat Electronics Office of the Naval Air Systems Command. A lifelong aviation enthusiast, he has an aeronautical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds commercial pilot’s and mechanic’s licenses. He flies an N2S-5 biplane marked in Navy colors, which he restored with the help of his late father.
Alan Rems , a retired certified public accountant, is a regular contributor to Naval History . His previous articles for the magazine include “Halsey Knows the Straight Story” (August 2008), for which he was chosen Author of the Year, and “ Missouri Endgame” (August 2010).