'Halsey Knows the Straight Story'
(See A. P. Rems, pp. 40-46, August 2008 Naval History)
Lieutenant Commander Neil G. Carey, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
It was a pleasure to see that Mr. Rems noted the observations of General Merrill Twining, who served as operations officer for two of I Marine Amphibious Corp's first five commanders.
Lieutenant Colonel Twining was Brigadier General Alexander Vandegrift's brilliant operations officer during the battle for Guadalcanal and, after that hard-won victory, was selected to be IMAC's operations officer. He knew too well that victory is rarely achieved without casualties.
Later-General Twining was not one to withhold his professional opinion regardless of how it might disagree with that of his seniors. He told me that more than once he expected to be relieved on the spot because his recommendations differed from the ideas of General Vandegrift and, later, IMAC's Major General Charles Barrett.