On the Crest of the Wave

New York: Vantage Press, 1974. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. xi, [9], 214, [4] pages. Frontispiece. Illustrations. Index. Inscribed by the author on the fep. Inscription reads: March-1978 With warmest regards to Professor Reynolds--from Cato D. Glover. Adm. Cato D. Glover was a pioneer naval aviator who commanded the aircraft carrier Enterprise in heavy combat in the Pacific in World War II. He won the Navy Cross and Silver Star Medal, among other citations, in action around the Bonin Islands, the Palaus, the Philippines, Taiwan, Okinawa and Leyte. The author wrote in the Preface: The fifty-odd stories in this book are as diverse as the contents of the Reader's Digest. They have, however, also been carefully selected and they span nearly threescore and ten years of my life. Some of the stories have historical significance, some are 'Salty" Navy, others thread through various categories such as human interest, diplomatic, N.A.T.O., baseball, fishing and hunting. They portray, I hope, a very high degree of patriotism, love for: our great Country and Navy, my family, wildlife, and "Sports-Aplenty." Cato Douglas Glover Jr. was born on 15 September 1897 in Centerville, AL. He attended the University of Alabama before entering the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1919. He served some of his Midshipman's time on the USS Mississippi, operating with the Atlantic Fleet at the end of World War I. After the war, Glover was commissioned an Ensign. In June of 1922, Glover reported to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1922. He was then assigned to a squadron of airborne scouts stationed aboard the light aircraft carrier, USS Wright. He did post-graduate work in Aeronautical Engineering at the Naval Academy and, in 1931, was awarded a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Glover served various assignments with Torpedo Squadrons. In 1941, he served as Executive Officer in the USS Saratoga. Saratoga was part of the task force assembled for the invasion of Guadalcanal and provided air bombardment and protection for the landing forces. She was also involved in heavy fighting in the Eastern Solomon's. In July 1943, he was assigned as Assistant War Plans Officer to Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. He was given command of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in 1944 and led her in attacks on the Bonin Islands. Enterprise also took part in numerous attacks on the Japanese in the Philippines, Formosa, Okinawa, and Leyte. Planes from the Enterprise contributed significantly to the sinking of all four of the Japanese carriers in the Leyte area at the time. Near the end of the war, he was assigned to planning duties. As one of the few high officers favoring unification of the Armed Forces, he served under the first Director of the Joint Staff, U.S. Army General Alfred M. Gruenther. After the war, Glover was promoted to Rear Admiral while serving in a number of positions in naval air and carrier operations in the U.S. and Europe. In 1951, he reported to the Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet. He was later appointed as the first Chief of Staff to the newly authorized NATO Command, the Supreme Allied Command, Atlantic. On 8 December 1955, Glover was promoted to Vice Admiral and made Acting Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Naval Forces, North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Upon his retirement on 1 September 1957, he was advanced in rank to four-star Admiral. Condition: Very good / No DJ present.

Keywords: Naval Academy, Chester Nimitz, Forrestal, Cleveland Indians, Hunting, Doherty Ranch, Bikini Atoll, A-Bomb Test, NATO, USS Pittsburgh, Sarah Shedrick, Hirohito

ISBN: 0533008417

[Book #84802]

Price: $125.00

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