Naval War College Review


M.E. Butcher


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.