Readers of Proceedings —and more than a few commanding officers, division officers, and surface warfare officers—are familiar with the work of recently retired Admiral James Stavridis. He is prolific and one of the Navy’s most voracious readers and industrious writers of the past 20 or 30 years, maybe more. It is welcome and refreshing news to hear that he is writing another memoir. But where are the others?
Where are the published memoirs, letters, or anecdotes from naval officers wearing stars on their collars? After 12 years and two wars, one of which has surpassed the Vietnam War in length, I search the bookshelves and scratch my head. There is a glaring hole on the shelf.