Vice Admiral Bernard L. Austin (1902–79) had a distinguished naval career that included service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War. He saw a good deal of action during World War II, including off Bougainville (see related story, p. 32). There, as commander of Destroyer Division 46, then-Captain Austin experienced the perils of the fog of war—in this case, the fog of night fighting at the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, as he recounts in his U.S. Naval Institute oral history:
We were sent as a task force to interpose ourselves between Japanese task forces, which were coming down to intercept our landings on Bougainville. We had to send the destroyers in for refueling on the day before this night battle.
Arleigh Burke took his division in first. We had a little fuel stashed away down there near Kolombangara. I was due to go in after he got back, and give my boys a drink. But unfortunately, by the time Arleigh got back we had Japanese task forces showing up on our screen.