• Battleship Commander

  • The Life of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr.
  • By: Paul Stillwell
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Battleship Commander explores Lee's life from boyhood in Kentucky through his eventual service as commander of the fast battleships from 1942 to 1945. Said to be down to earth, modest, forgiving, friendly, and with a wry sense of humor, Lee eschewed the media and, to the extent possible, left administrative details to others. During his service in the Navy Department from 1939 to 1942, Lee prepared the US Navy for war at sea, and was involved in inspecting designs for battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers, and destroyers. He sent observers to Britain to report on Royal Navy operations during the war against Germany and made plans to send an action team to mainland China to observe conditions for possible later Allied landings there.

In 1942, Willis Lee became commander of the first division of fast battleships to operate in the Pacific. During that service, he commanded Task Force 64, which achieved a tide-turning victory in a night battle near Guadalcanal in November 1942.

Continuing his career of service near the end of the war, Lee, in the summer of 1945, directed anti-kamikaze research efforts in Casco Bay, Maine. While Lee's wartime successes and failures are compelling, what is here in this biography is a balanced look at the man and officer.

©2021 Paul Stillwell (P)2021 Tantor
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Good look into an historic figure. Good narration. Recommend for any enthusiast of the pacific battles.

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Love Listening To Naval History

Really into listening to Naval History. For most part of WW2. Many personalities of Naval Leaders.