Admiral Stansfield Turner Oral History Available
The Naval Institute has just released the oral history of Admiral Stansfield M. Turner, who was president of the Naval War College and Commander 2nd Fleet. While serving as Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe, a NATO command, he was selected by his former Naval Academy classmate, President Jimmy Carter, to be director of Central Intelligence and director of the CIA. Admiral Turner retired from the Navy in 1979 while in this position. In his oral history, he discusses his life and career and the whirlwind circumstances accompanying his selection for Central Intelligence.
On the afternoon of 2 February 1977, I received word at my office in Naples, Italy, that I was to go to a secure phone to take a call from Secretary of Defense Harold Brown, whom I did not know at the time. I was told, “The President of the United States would like to see you in Washington tomorrow. He’ll tell you about it when you arrive.”