The final times the author saw his father were memorable. In August 1942, the senior Leighton Wood, skipper of the USS Montpelier , visited his son's PT boat in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Six months later and half a world away, the son visited his father's cruiser when she dropped anchor off Tulagi.
My father, Captain Leighton Wood, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the class of 1915 and was the first commanding officer of the USS Montpelier (CL-57). Dad was also my hero.