Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Based on two interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen in July 1970 and August 1970. The volume contains 308 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1972 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.
Was designated naval aviator in 1929. Joined Fighting Squadron Five based in the Lexington. Further duties were: War Plans Division of CNO and aide at the White House; Asiatic Fleet in the Heron and Augusta; naval attaché for Air, Caracas, Venezuela. Air officer and later XO of the Essex, which participated in action against Marcus Island, Wake, Rabaul, Tarawa, Kwajalein, and Truk. In 1944 was CO of the Manila Bay, involved in the invasions of Leyte, Mindoro, and Lingayen Gulf. In 1945 was Public Relations Officer for CinCPac, then Naval Aide to Hon. John Sullivan, remaining with him when he became SecNav. Was Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, CinCPac during first year of Korean War. In 1951 was CO of the Franklin D. Roosevelt. After stateside duty, in 1955 he was Commander Fleet Air, WestPac. He served as Commandant of National War College from 1964 until his retirement in 1967.