In Appreciation: Frank B. Kelso
One of the more popular oral histories in the Naval Institute’s collection is that of Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, USN (Ret.), who died unexpectedly in late June just shy of his 80th birthday. While Chief of Naval Operations from 1990 to 1994, he also served as the Institute’s president and remained a loyal member and generous supporter throughout his life. The following anecdote is from an April 2002 interview with historian Paul Stillwell, one of 16 sessions recorded between October 2001 and May 2002 for Kelso’s oral history.
When Queen Elizabeth was going to visit President George H. W. Bush in May 1991, she requested to take a boat ride up the Potomac to Mount Vernon. She was to be part of some event there and had asked to come back to Washington on the river.
Well, when you stop and look around the area, the only waterborne vessel of any nice ilk that is owned by the U.S. Government is the CNO’s barge. And so, the White House called and said, “Gee, would you let us borrow your barge to bring Queen Elizabeth back to Washington?”