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
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.