New to the site, saw some Taranto posts. An American naval officer - Lt Commander John N. Opie, III, USN - was aboard HMS Illustrious for the entire cruise. He reported back to Washington, giving great details of the attack, but underplayed the most important lesson: that fleets in the 1940's were safer at sea than at anchor in a port. Also, timing worked against Opie. His report didn't get to Washington until mid-January, 1941. He returned to the US in April. Stark, the CNO, was very hot to learn about Taranto in November of 1940, but no one seems to have remembered that we had a man out there! By April, US Navy leadership was more worried about the Atlantic: transferring ships from Pearl Harbor to east coast ports. Opie's request to go to Hawaii and share "lessons learned" with "the boys out there" was denied. There's more in my book, check it out at www.tarantobook.com.