Naval War College Review

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President's Notes


J.R. Stark


On 1 March 1946, one of the most capable and celebrated commanders of the Second World War became President of the Naval War College. Admiral Raymond Spruance, as the victor of Midway and successful commander of the Fifth Fleet in the Central Pacific campaigns, could have had the pick of nearly any assignment he wanted. Among all those possibilities, his first choice was to return to the Naval War College, where he had been a student in 1926-27, and had twice served as a faculty member during the 1930s. By returning to the College, Admiral Spruance firmly believed that he could make his most enduring, long-term contribution to the Navy's future.