Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in the class of 1945, he was ordered to the U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13) where he was in the engineering department. His next assignment was aboard the U.S.S. Laffey (DD-724) as Communications Officer. In 1947 he became Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. LST-859 where he spent the next two years. 

Articles by William B. Hayler

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Kenneth P. Czech, Captain William B. Hayler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Jack Satterfield, U. S. Naval Reserve, & Captain Jon T. Hoffman, U. S. Marine Corps
September 1989
The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History Chester G. Starr. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. 105 pp. Maps. Notes. Bib. Ind. $16.95. ($15.25). Reviewed by Kenneth P. Czech ...

Destroyer Command

By Commander W. B. Hayler, U.S. Navy
April 1963
Even though destroyers have now celebrated their sixtieth anniversary, the new skipper will find unsolved command problems waiting for him when he arrives aboard. And when these are solved, there ...

The Chance Of A Lifetime

By Lieutenant Commander William B. Hayler, U. S. Navy
March 1956
World War II was responsible for the creation of a large number of junior command billets. Although the Navy has diminished in size since then, a large number of commands ...

"Captain, Stay Away From That Conn!"

By Lieutenant W. B. Hayler, U.S. Navy
August 1953
All of us agree that the officer of the deck training is of paramount importance in the shipboard education of an officer. The officer of the deck is by definition ...

Hail, Hail, The Gang's All There

By Lieutenant W. B. Hayler, U. S. Navy
July 1953
The war in Korea is three years old. The lives lost there in the struggle against Communism cannot be reclaimed. It is encouraging, however, to know that the lessons previously ...

The Naval Academy Gets A Planetarium

By Lieutenant W. B. Hayler, U. S. Navy
February 1952
Academy graduates returning to Annapolis after a prolonged absence will have ample opportunity to awaken their suspicions that the old school has really changed, and that the present-day midshipmen are ...

Blow Me Down!

By Lieutenant William B. Hayler, U.S. Navy
August 1951
The recommissioning of many of our “mothball” ships has made it obvious that many shore jobs will be vacated and a greater proportion of officers utilized at sea. But those ...

Has Your Anchor Been Showing Lately?

By Lieutenant (J.G.) William B. Hayler, U. S. Navy
December 1950
There is rarely anything new under the sun, and certainly the anchor is no new alteration which is only now appearing on navy ships. Without doubt it is, by common ...