Fresh out of flight training on the eve of World War II, young Noel Gaylor became squadron mates with two of the legends of U.S. naval aviation—Butch O’Hare (left) and Jimmy Thach. Gaylor remembered Thach as “a remarkable man, a remarkable officer, and a remarkable leader in so many ways.”
In his 1990 interview with Naval Institute oral historian Paul Stillwell (right), William Lawrence recounted the unexpected (and unwanted) surprise that greeted him on his return stateside after years in a Vietnamese POW camp.
CNO George Anderson
USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16)
Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith met Queen Elizabeth II