Five feet nine inches tall, he weighed only 150 Ibs. during the two years (1902-03) he played fullback for an oft-beaten Naval Academy team. But one day, when Navy was being flattened by a beefy, bulldozing squad from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the little fullback came roaring out of nowhere, slammed the V.P.I. ball carrier so hard that he rocked him over the sideline, off the field, under the bleachers. His name was William Halsey, and they called him "Bull." That was the way he went through life.

As a Navy hero of the...

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