Graduated from the University of Texas in 1938, Captain Ralph E. Williams, Jr., Supply Corps, U. S. Navy (Retired), was commissioned an Ensign, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, in 1941, transferring to the regular Navy in 1943. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater at air bases at Pearl Harbor and Tarawa. Later assignments included duty on the Staff of the Naval War College, as Supply Officer, USS Yellowstone, and in the Logistic Plans and Strategic Plans Divisions of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He was later a special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and to the Secretary of the Navy, and served on the White House Staff during the final two years of the Eisenhower Administration. He retired in 1965 and has since been employed in the Office of Oil and Gas, Department of the Interior. Captain Williams is a five-time winner of the Naval Institute’s Prize Essay Contest.