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For a full understanding of the man, Carlson examines Rochefort's love-hate relationship with cryptanalysis, his adventure-filled years in the 1930s as the right-hand man to the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet, and his return to codebreaking in mid-1941 as the officer in charge of Station Hypo. He traces Rochefort's career from his enlistment in 1918 to his posting in Washington as head of the Navy's codebreaking desk at age twenty-five, and beyond. In many ways a reinterpretation of Rochefort, the book makes clear the key role his codebreaking played in the outcome of Midway and the legacy he left of reporting actionable intelligence directly to the fleet. An epilogue describes efforts waged by Rochefort's colleagues to obtain the medal denied him in 1942--a drive that finally paid off in 1986 when the medal was awarded posthumously.
Posted December 19, 2014
Yes, another member of our armed forces who we should all be grateful for.
Mr. Rochefort was in the right place at the right time to provide the intelligence Admiral Nimitz needed to risk his precious carriers at the battle of Midway. He was also the reason he had quick access to Admiral Nimitz's staff. He knew the information was most valuable the quicker it got to the commander in the field and he had fought for his quick access.
It is a bad feeling when you read military books and find that over and over again the rivalry between branches of the armed forces or even between departments of the same service create situations where we should have done better. Mr. Rochefort seems to have, in the case of Midway, succeeded in doing it better. Very well done Mr. Rochefort and all those who worked with you! Thank you for your service.