In early May I went to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to do oral history interviews with Commander Tom Buell, who is best known for his superb books on two World War II admirals, Raymond Spruance and Ernest King. They are among the very best naval biographies available.
Tom had known for some months that he had acute leukemia and had deliberately chosen to forgo further treatment because he wanted to preserve as much quality of life as he could during his remaining time. He was a deeply religious individual and essentially had decided to let the outcome be dictated by God's grace. With his future obviously growing short, he welcomed the opportunity that oral history provided for assessing his life.