Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Based on ten interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from November 1973 through June 1974. The volume contains 297 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1975 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.
After graduation from the USNA in 1909, he served in the armored cruiser West Virginia, cruising from the West Coast to many ports in the Orient. Following studies at George Washington University, he received a Master of Science degree in 1914. He then joined the Utah, and in 1916 he was transferred to duty as aide on the staff of Commander Battleship Division Six, Atlantic Fleet. This division operated with British Grand Fleet during World War I. Served as gunnery officer in the Oklahoma until 1919; after that was chief of the experimental section, BuOrd; was CO of the Burns, and in 1927 was gunnery officer of the Colorado. Later served in the California, Louisville, Detroit, Pennsylvania, and was the first CO of the battleship North Carolina. Was commander of a battleship division in Pacific, in Truk Island area and vicinity of Saipan, Tinian and Guam islands. Served as member of General Board until retirement in 1946.