Ask the casual naval historian to describe the most important World War II American admirals and his list would probably include the names of King, Nimitz, Spruance, Halsey, Kinkaid, Mitscher, and Turner. Rarely would the name of Frank Jack Fletcher appear, except in smaller print with large caveats. This is an exceptional omission given the circumstances surrounding the early months of World War II and Fletcher's accomplish ments during that period.
"Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, Pioneer Warrior or Gross Sinner?,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 40
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol40/iss1/9