Captain Jamison, a native of Pennsylvania, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1941. He served in the USS
DECATUR (DD 341) until January 1943, involved first in neutrality patrol in the Caribbean and and later convoy duty the North Atlantic. After commissioning the USS
BURNS (DD 588) in the spring of 1943, he was involved in landings and raids throughout the South Pacific, including the Gilberts, Marshalls, and Ocean islands; Truk, Palau, New Guinea, the Marianas, Philippines, and other Pacific locations.
In 1945 Jamison became executive officer on the
BORDELON (DD 881) and commander of the
FOGG (DER 57). He describes his service in each of these ships.