Captain Kelley, a Navy junior born in D.C., grew up in a Navy family primarily in California. After commenting briefly on his youth and US Naval Academy experiences, he describes his experiences in the USS
WEST VIRIGINIA during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He comments on the aftermath of the attack, the raising of the
WEST VIRIGNIA and the
OKLAHOMA, and his service in the USS
FRAZIER. He details seven Pacific engagements, including attacks on Kwajalein and Gaudalcanal.
Captain Kelley entered the postgraduate course at MIT in 1944 and from there was assigned to work with Admiral Rickover in the nuclear submarine program. He discusses Admiral Rickover and development and testing of the
SEA WOLF nuclear submarines and other aspects of his career until his resignation from the Navy in 1956 to enter the aerospace industry.