U.S. At War: Clipped Wings

The Navy was preparing another sidereal promotion list: as a result of the new five-star rank, which lifts the whole naval ceiling, some admirals were due to be boosted a little higher. But nowhere on the star-spangled list was there the name of a naval aviator. Nor, probably, would there be. Airmen were still the Navy's younger sons.

Naval aviators thought they knew precisely whom to blame for this slight. Never in public, but frequently in tight-lipped private conversation, they have pointed the finger at Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, boss of everything which...

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