Hall of Holography Collection : Timing is Everything
James. O. Richardson
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typed, signed note dated March 5, 1940


James Otto Richardson (born September 18, 1878; died May 2, 1974) was an admiral in the United States Navy, serving until 1942.

At the time of his correspondence with LMU in March 1940, Richardson was Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC). In John Flynn's book ,"The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor", Flynn states that Richardson "was one of the Navy's foremost figures. Since his earliest days...he had made the study of Japanese warfare his life work. He was beyond question the Navy's outstanding authority on Pacific naval warfare and Japanese strategy."

Richardson protested against the redeployment of the fleet from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, believing that a forward defense was neither practical or useful, and that the Pacific Fleet would be the logical first target in the event of war with Japan. He was subsequently relieved of command in February 1941 and replaced by Admiral Husband E. Kimmel.

Photo retrieved from Wikipedia on July 7, 2012.

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