Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Based on five interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from August 1970 through September 1974. The volume contains 212 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1976 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.
Designated naval aviator in 1927, he was CO at U.S. Navy Fleet Air Base in Iceland when World War II began. Then took command of the Guadalcanal and staged the first bombing and capture of an enemy naval vessel since 1815--the capture of German submarine U-505 off Cape Blanco, French West Africa in 1944. Was CO of the Hancock during surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay; assistant CNO (Guided Missiles); Commander Carrier Division Six, 1951; and Commander Hunter-Killer Force in 1952. After a tour as Commander Naval Air Reserve Training Command, he assumed command of Caribbean Sea Frontier. While in Puerto Rico, organized "Admiral Dan's Pandemaniacs," a steel drum band that played at world fairs in Brussels and New York. Served briefly at BuPers before retirement in 1960.