Captain Wright comments on his background in California, experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy, and duty on the USS
TENNESSEE before, during, and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He recounts his admission to submarine school in 1943 and his assignment to the USS
POGY. He describes war patrols on the
POGY during which they sunk two troop ships en route to Guadalcanal, a patrol on the
PARCHE in which they entered Naha harbor at Okinawa and sunk a whale factory ship, and patrols in the
SPADEFISH. Post war commentary concerns duty in the
COCHINO, and the
SCABBARDFISH. He also explains his experiences in the
COCHINO during which he was involved in a mission in the Arctic Ocean where the aft battery compartment exploded, badly burning Captain Wright and sinking the ship.
Subsequent assignments described include Bureau of Personnel (BUPERS), command of the
KNAPP and the
SHIELDS, duty as Naval Attaché at the Hague, command of the
MONROVIA, command of Sub Squadron 2 in New London, and service on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.