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A Call to Duty: The Life and Times of Leslie E. Gehres
Author: William J. Stewart
Leslie E. Gehres rose from the lowest enlisted rank to rear admiral. He was a by-the-book, no-nonsense officer who achieved many significant accomplishments during his thirty-two-year U.S. Navy career. He was the first enlisted sailor to rise to command a supe- aircraft carrier, the USS Franklin CV-13. During a fierce naval battle off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945, through his outstanding leadership and the work of his skilled crew, he saved his ship and the lives of many sailors. The men of the Franklin became the most decorated crew in the history of the U.S. Navy.