Commander Armstrong describes his background and schooling in the Washington, D.C. area, his attendance at American University and Columbia Preparatory School, and his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy. He discusses involvement in boxing and soccer, classes, discipline, and the Youngster cruise to Europe in 1938. Post graduation topics covered include duty in the U.S.S.
ZANE, the Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor, social life of a young officer in Hawaii, and wartime patrols, including the attack on Guadalcanal.
In interview #2, Armstrong continues his discussion of W.W. II. Among the topics covered are the Guadalcanal— Solomon Islands Campaign involvement of the USS
ZANE; duty in the USS
TERRY at Rabaul, Saipan, Guam, and the Philippine Sea; kamikaze attack on USS
HIGBEE; and post war duty in the Pacific as commander of the USS
Interview #3 covers his service as a student and faculty member of the Naval Intelligence School, assignments in naval intelligence, duty in the USS
ROCHESTER, Pentagon duty with OPNAV, command of the
WILLIS A. LEE, and assignment to the NATO Command in Naples, Italy