Captain of the aircraft carrier, Enterprise, and pioneer of carrier-based aerial warfare during World War II.
He understood the destructive power of carrier strikes after he witnessed Japanese planes bombing the American fleet in Pearl Harbor.
He participated in many of the most important Pacific theater events during World War II, including the Battle of Midway, the Battle of Guadalcanal, and the Doolittle Raid.
He had an affair with the wife of a fellow officer and was subsequently dismissed from his military post.
He was the grandfather of actor Chevy Chase.