Captain Crenshaw, a Navy junior and a native of Richmond, Virginia, describes growing up in a Navy family and his experiences as a midshipman at the USNA. He comments on his assignment to the USS
MOREY after his graduation, training exercises during the spring and summer of 1941, absence from Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 due to a voyage to Wake Island, and the devastation he observed upon his return to Pearl Harbor on December 8. He comments on duty at sea; the attack on the Marshall Islands; their attack by Japanese fighters; the U.S. attack on Wake Island; and combat at Midway, the Solomon Islands, and Guadalcanal, including a kamikaze attack.
Captain Crenshaw further discusses assignment to China Station; duty in the USS
THOS. J. GARRY; postgraduate school at MIT; and service on the USS
COLUMBUS and the USS
COGSWELL. He comments on cruising to South America as CO of the USS
FOREREST SHERMAN, duty in Paris and Heidelberg, and assignment to the U.S. delegation to NATO.