Ok,after working on this for a couple days here goes my first attempt at a brief biography of some of the main players involved in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Please, if you have any suggestions that I could incorporate to make these better, don't hesitate to say so. Admiral Ernest J King Adm. King was a driving force behind US Naval operations in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II. Born in Lorain, Ohio on November 23, 1878. Raised under the strict discipline of a tough minded father, King soon developed an aggressive and determined personality that would distinguish his career. King entered the US Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1897 and graduated fourth in his class in 1901. During his time at the academy, King served in the Spanish American War onboard the protected cruiser USS San Francisco (C-5). As a junior officer, King served in a wide variety of large and small ships, as an instructor at the Naval Academy, as an engineer and on flag staffs. In the teens, King commanded the destroyer USS Terry (DD-25) and a torpedo flotilla. From 1915 through World War I, King was assigned to the staff of Adm. Henry Mayo who was Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet during the war. After World War I and another tour at the US Naval Academy, King was promoted to Captain and commanded a submarine flotilla and the New London, Connecticut submarine base. After flight training and further service at sea as Commanding Officer of the airplane tender Wright (AZ-1), King became the Asst Chief at the Bureau of Aeronautics in August 1928. The following year he took command of NAS Hampton Roads in Virginia and in 1930 became the CO of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2). Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1933, King returned to the Bureau of Aeronautics this time as Chief. By 1938 he was a promoted to Vice-Admiral and commanded the Battle Fleet’s aircraft carriers. In 1941, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the US Atlantic Fleet and promoted to the rank of Admiral. In this post he gained additional combat experience and, prior to America’s entry into the war headed up the Atlantic Patrol Force which was engaged in neutrality patrols of the East Coast of the US. In December 1941, King was again promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the US Fleet. During the war in 1942, King was appointed the duel hat of Chief of Naval Operations and held both positions for the remainder of the war. In the Pacific war he showed great aplomb, using amphibious and carrier resources to defeat the Japanese. He excelled in the Pacific by knowing every aspect of naval operations. More importantly as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he was instrumental in obtaining sufficient resources to begin and sustain offensive operations against Japan despite a grand strategy of directing the bulk of America’s power into the Atlantic and European theaters. Despite his strategic excellence, King did not always get his way and was overruled by Roosevelt on issues such as his proposed invasion of Formosa in 1944 – the President preferred MacArthur’s Philippines operation. King was promoted to the newly created rank of Fleet Admiral in December 1944 and a year with the Second World War won on all fronts and retired on December 15, 1945. Although retaining an advisory role in the Navy, King suffered several years of declining health and passed on June 25, 1956. The USS King (DLG-10, and later DDG-41) have been named in his honor.