The picture of the destroyer Lloyd Thomas (DD-764) evading exploding shells off North Vietnam in the spring of 1972 is worth 10,000 words. Yet, the dove and the hawk would find great difficulty in agreeing what those words should be. Both points of view must now forsake the hyperbole and the passion; for what is needed is a clear statement of what the U. S. Navy’s role will be in the western Pacific in the years ahead.
The Post-Vietnam Navy: The Rhetoric and the Realities
By J. K. Holloway, Jr.