Army & Navy And Civilian Defense - NAVY: Sundownet's Sunrise

Sundowner's Sunrise

The U.S. Navy's high command cleared its decks for offensive action this week. A shake-up in the top drawer put an airman alone at the top. It also finally put the U.S. fleets under the command of the Navy's toughest "sundowners" and one of the most offensive-minded officers.

To do all this, the President jerked his friend, white-haired, spectacled Admiral Harold R. Stark, out of his job as Chief of Naval Operations (since 1939) and sent him off to London. There, with his four-star rank, he will command U.S. Naval forces operating in European waters (almost none). The change...

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