Admiral James L. Holloway III served in combat under direct enemy fire in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Commander of the first nuclear warship to engage in combat- the USS Enterprise - he became the first nuclear-trained officer to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. Holloway's remarkable career spanned the Cold War, rising through the ranks to four-star admiral - from carrier pilot to one of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - and finally serving in positions of unique responsibility as a civilian Presidential appointee: Holloway served as investigator of the failed Iranian hostage rescue operation, executive director of the President's task force on combating terrorism, and as Vice Presidential special negotiating envoy to the Middle East.
Aircraft Carriers at War is Holloway's personal account of the events of the Cold War that shaped the evolution of the modern aircraft carrier and the character of today's US Navy. Both a strategic study and a powerful memoir, it is an eminently readable account, packed with humor and inspiration that leaves the reader in awe of the man and the Navy he served. Holloway's recollections - from the cockpit and from the table of the National Security Council - are a testament to the heroic service of those who fought in the long war, and the national leadership that took us through this perilous period of America's history to defeat the Soviet Union while avoiding the Armageddon of a nuclear war.
James L. Holloway III graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1942 and served in destroyers during World War II, shooting down three Zeros at the Battle of Leyte Gulf as gunnery officer of the Bennion. He became a naval aviator in 1945 and flew combat missions in Korea, where he was promoted to the command of a jet fighter squadron. Holloway was captain of the first nuclear carrier, Enterprise, for two combat deployments to Vietnam. In 1968 he returned to the Pentagon and established the nuclear-powered carrier program. Four years later he took command of the Seventh Fleet in Southeast Asia. In 1974 he was selected as Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Among Admiral Holloway's more than forty medals and decorations are the French Legion of Honor, Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cross of Germany, Knight of the Italian Order of Merit, U.S. Distinguished Service Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After his retirement from the service in 1978, Admiral Holloway began a civilian career in public service that included directing a presidential task force on combating terrorism and serving as a special envoy to the Middle East. Today he is chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation and chairman emeritus of the Association of Naval Aviators and the Naval Academy Foundation. He and his wife live in Alexandria, Virginia.