Sharp, U. S. Grant Jr., Adm., USN (Ret.)

Sharp, U. S. Grant Jr., Adm., USN (Ret.)

(1906–2001)

During World War II, Admiral Sharp was CO of the USS Hogan (DD-178) on convoy duty in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean as well as in the invasion of North Africa. In 1943 he was CO of the USS Boyd (DD-544) and took part in many strikes in the Pacific: Wake Islands, Nauru, the Marianas, the Bonins, Mindanao, Cebu, Negros, Luzon, Truk, Okinawa, and Formosa. 

Among his later assignments were: CO of the USS Macon (CA-132); Commander Cruiser Division Three; Director, Strategic Plans Division; Commander Cruiser Destroyer Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Commander First Fleet; DCNO (Plans and Policy) during the Cuban crisis; and CinC, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Volume II is a detailed chronicle of the admiral's years as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. These were years when the United States dealt with a crescendo of involvement in the military and political events of Vietnam. Among the many events he discusses are: 1965 air operations against Vietnam; capture of the Pueblo; and the Inchon landing. He discusses many of the political and military personages of that time who were involved with the Vietnam War.

 

Transcripts of this oral history are available in many formats including bound volumes, and digital copies.

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About Volume I

Based on six interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen from September 1969 through February 1970, the volume contains 331 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The interviewee placed no restrictions on the use of the transcript, but his estate retains the copyright to the literary content of the material.

About Volume II

Based on five interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen from March 1970 through June 1970. The volume contains 328 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The interviewee has placed no restrictions on the use of the transcript but his estate retains the copyright to the literary content of the material.