Vice Admiral Davis discusses his background in Ohio, training at the U.S. Naval Academy, and a Navy career which spanned forty years. Included in his reminiscences are accounts of duty aboard the battleships
Massachusetts, Iowa, Deleware, Kansas, and
Kentucky prior to W.W. I. War time service aboard the tanker
Maumee (1916-1919) is related as is post war assignments to the
Tennessee, Wyoming, and
Blakely. Special attention is given to the Veracruz affair and duty aboard the
Philadelphia (1937-1939) with President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a passenger.
W. W. II assignments included the command of Battleship
Washington, (1942-1944), and commander of Battleship Division Eight (1944-1945). Engagements discussed include Guadalcanal, Savo Island, Solomons, Truk, etc.