National Affairs: Admiral v. Admiral

After 30 days of testimony and bickering, the Congressional Pearl Harbor Investigating Committee last week got back to the man in the middle of the mess. The man: Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, commander of the Pacific Fleet on the fatal day.

Twangy, caustic Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner—in 1941 chief of the Navy war plans division, in 1942 the man who put the Marines ashore on Guadalcanal—put grey, heavy-jowled Admiral Kimmel at the very core of blame.

Leathery Kelly Turner is seldom assailed by doubts. He had none about Kimmel. Other admirals have testified...