Who was the better fleet commander? The aggressive Halsey had the longer run, but I have always felt that the old fire-breather might have been more suited to a task force command rather than that of a fleet. He saved the day in the Solomons, but those actions involved smaller units. Later when he was in command of Third Fleet, his focus of the attack led him to make some famously questionable decisions. Between his tangling with typhoons and his taking of the Japanese bait during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, it has always been somewhat surprising to me that he was promoted to 5-star rank after the end of the war. It's true that Spruance has been criticized for his conservative actions in the Marianas, but who would you want in command of your fleet?