Though it is little remembered today, a period of détente allowed for a brief thawing in the decades-long Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the early 1970s the administration of President Richard Nixon created a temporary relaxation of tensions between the superpowers. The United States had an ideal agent to carry out its policy in the naval realm.
The commander of the 6th Fleet at the time was Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, a top-notch officer who was laid to rest at Arlington in mid-June. As I came to know the admiral years ago, I observed the sparkling personality that had drawn so many to admire him. He did things with panache and inspired a great deal of loyalty among those who knew and served with him. He also earned respect from those who served against him.