12. The Admiral James L. Holloways’ Connection

Admiral James L. Holloway, Jr signed my orders to active duty and also to flight training in 1953.  His hiring philosophy was “We should get the best people we can for these jobs and make them play over their heads.”  The Admiral’s son, Admiral James L. Holloway III, made the deployment with me aboard USS Essex (CVA-9) to the Mediterranean and Far East in 1958 as Commanding Officer of VA-83.  Last time I met Admiral James L. Holloway III was in the Gulf of Tonkin while he was serving as Commanding Officer of USS Enterprise (CVN-65)


The Admiral as Commanding Officer VA-83 aboard USS Essex (CVA-9).  While his father was in charge of the Lebanon Crisis, his son was flying missions over Lebanon.


The occasion that allowed me to meet Admiral J.L. Holloway III, for the final time, in the Gulf of Tonkin 1967


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