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Noel, John Vavasour (1912-1991)

Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on two interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen in August 1984. The volume contains 237 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1987 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


Captain Noel, a prolific writer and avid tennis player, was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1936. His World War II service included duty in the light minelayer Sicard (DM-21) at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked, and command of the destroyer Lamson (DD-367) during the Leyte Gulf and Ormoc Bay landings of late 1944. Among his postwar commands was the cruiser Springfield (CLG-7), Sixth Fleet flagship of two future CNOs, Admirals George Anderson and David McDonald. Subjects discussed include moral leadership in the Navy, civilian-versus-military control of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, and the early use of helicopters in underway replenishment. Various articles by Noel, discussed in the text, are included as an appendix.


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