A Warrior in Autumn
One of the fascinating aspects of interviewing retired Navy men and women is discovering what sorts of personalities they have long after the conclusion of their active service. For some, the persona is the same or nearly so; for others, there is a change.
One example came to mind recently with the death of Vice Admiral Jerome H. King Jr. at age 88 on 13 June 2008. His reputation as an active naval officer was that of someone who was exacting and demanding. Captain Al Bowen commanded the guided missile frigate USS Preble (DLG-15) in the mid-1960s when King was embarked as Commander Destroyer Squadron One. He described King as "hard as nails but just the sort of man you want on board your ship in wartime."