Robert W. Hayler, Jr., Oral History Interview

May 21, 1987; November 20, 1987
Oral History #OH0087
Lennon, Donald R.; Hayler, Robert W., 1891-
Physical description
0.015 Cubic Feet, 3 audiocassettes, 4 hours, 71 pages
Preferred Citation
Robert W. Hayler, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0087), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

Capt. Hayler, a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941, is the son of Vice Admiral Hayler. During a twenty-nine year career, he served in the FANNING, GEARING, HARMON, HUNTINGTON, GOODRICH, and JOHN PAUL JONES. Among his numerous duty assignments were the Bureau of Naval Personal, aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, staff of U.S. CinCeur, commander Destroyer Division 132, Chief of Staff for ComCarrierDivision 17, commander of Destroyer Squadron 32, Chief of Staff for the South Atlantic Force, and Office of CNO Op 06.

Scope and arrangement

In interview # 1 Capt. Hayler discusses his early life as a Navy junior, his education at the U.S. Naval Academy, and his service during World War II. Included are details of the FANNING's absence from Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, tours of the ship throughout the Pacific, and specifics of engagements in which the FANNING was involved.

In interview #2 Hayler describes his post-war service service in the GEARING, HARMON AND HUNTINGTON, the latter with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. Subsequent duty discussed included assignments to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, the GOODRICH, flag lieutenant to Admiral Robert Carney, the USS JOHN PAUL JONES, 6th Fleet staff, NATO staff, NATO staff, the USS HORNET, CO of Destroyer Squadron 32, and COS of South Atlantic Force-Trinidad. Hayler's final duty before retirement in 1970 was with the Department of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Robert W. Hayler, Jr.

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Key terms
Personal Names
Hayler, Robert W., 1891-
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--Students
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean