Fresh from five months of victory in the Western Pacific, Admiral William F. (Bull) Halsey Jr. (see cover) turned up at a Navy Department press conference last week, frowned through his overhanging eyebrows, and told what he thought of the Japs.
Thumbnail sketch of the minute man of the South Pacific. By Charles Rawlings.
The Solomons were just begining to rumble when the assignment came to me. "Find out," it said, "what manner of man is our Admiral of the South Pacific."
Crew of Halsey's Flagship Buys Bonds Lavishly - Also Send Money Home. By Malcolm Johnson. Special to The New York Sun. Copyright 1945. All Rights Reserved.
In the Pacific the setting is being prepared for decisive action. The Japanese, who observe the developments that led to the prostration of Germany, will have no difficulty in recognizing the processes of preparation for those operations which will end in the devastation and defeat of Japan.
Gathered in the waters off Japan, unhindered by even the threat of aggressive action by the enemy, is what is described by high naval officers as "the greatest mass of seapower ever assembled."
"Battle of the Pacific. Hit Hard, Hit Fast, Hit Often". TIME. Nov 30, 1942
Admiral Chester William Nimitz measured his words. With his own hand the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet wrote last week:
This map indicates the routes taken by opposing forces in the announced defeat of the Jap war armada by Admiral Halsey's Pacific Fleet. Meanwhile General MacArthur's warriors are making rapid advances on Leyte.
Aggressive Admiral Halsey whose slogan is "Kill Japs, Kill More Japs, Then Kill More Japs" by William H. Pickens
The outnumbered American task force headed into "Windy Gulch," between Guadalcanal and Savo, willing victims of the Japanese "trap."
From Publishers Weekly
By the author of Nimitz, this is the first comprehensive biography of Admiral William F. Halsey, the best-known American naval hero of World War II. Drawing on unpublished memoirs, oral histories, and interviews with relatives and military colleagues, Potter has constructed a scholarly and highly readable account of the life of this colorful, bold, controversial leader.