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Spruance, Raymond A. , Admiral, USN: A Select Bibliography.


Buell, Thomas B. The Quiet Warrior; a Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance. Boston, Massachusetts: Little Brown, 1974.

Forrestel, Emmet P. Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, USN; a Study in Command. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1966.

Brief Biographical Entries

Adams, Henry H. “Spruance.” In The War Lords: Military Commanders of the Twentieth Century, edited by Sir Michael Carver, 447-460. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown, 1976. 

Cox, Dwayne. “Spruance, Raymond Ames (1886 – 1969).” In The Simon and Schuster Encyclopedia of World War II, edited by Thomas Parrish, 596-597. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978.

Dear, I.C.B., ed. Oxford Companion to World War II. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. [See “Spruance, Admiral Raymond A.,” p. 1044.].

Fredriksen, John C. American Military Leaders from Colonial Times to the Present - Volume II, M-Z. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 1999. [See “Spruance, Raymond A.,” pp. 762-764.].

Head, William. “Spruance, Raymond Ames (1886-1969).” In Encyclopedia of World War II: Political, Social, and Military History, Volume IV, S-Z, edited by Spencer C. Tucker, 1429. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2005.

Hough, Richard. The Great Admirals. New York: Morrow, 1977. [See “Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance,” pp. 237-250.].

Lundstrom, John B. “Raymond A. Spruance; Thinking Man’s Admiral.” In The Great Admirals; Command at Sea, edited by Jack Sweetman, 458-481. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1997.

McHenry, Robert, ed. Webster’s American Military Biographies. Springfield, Massachusetts: G&C Merriam Co, 1978. [See “Spruance, Raymond Ames,” pp. 406-407.].

Ohl, John Kennedy. “Spruance, Raymond Ames.” In American National Biography, edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, 514-515. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Reynolds, Clark G. Famous American Admirals. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2002. [See “Spruance, Raymond Ames,” pp. 327-329.].

Rothe, Anna, ed. Current Biography, 1944. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1944. [See “Spruance, Raymond Ames,” pp. 646-649.].

Periodicals and Newspapers

“Admiral R.A. Spruance Dies at 83.” Washington Post (14 December 1969): D-24. [Obituary.].

“Admiral Raymond Spruance, Midway Strategist Dies.” New York Times (14 December 1969): 84, column 5. [Obituary.].

Buell, Thomas B. “Admiral Raymond A. Spruance and the Naval War College: Pt. I – Preparing for World War II.” Naval War College Review 23, no. 7 (March 1971): 30-51.

Buell, Thomas B. “Admiral Raymond A. Spruance and the Naval War College: Pt. II– From Student to Warrior.” Naval War College Review 23, no. 8 (April 1971): 29-53.

Buell, Thomas B. “Battle of the Philippine Sea.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 100, no. 7 (July 1974): 64-79. [From Buell’s book, The Quiet Warrior. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown, 1974.].

Libby, Vice Admiral Ruthen E. “Spruance: Greatness in a ‘Military Mind.’” San Diego Union (21 August 1966): C-3.

“Marshall Trio: Top Leaders Share Two Qualities - They Fight Hard and Hate Japs.” Newsweek 23, no. 7 (February 14, 1944): 24-26.

“Mechanical Man.” Time 43, no. 26 (June 26, 1944): 28-30.

Potter, E. B. “The Command Personality.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 95, no. 1 (January 1969): 18-25.

Pratt, F. “Spruance: Picture of the Admiral,” Harpers Magazine 193, no. 1155 (August 1946): 144-157.

Spruance, Raymond A. “Foreward for Midway.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 81, no. 6 (June 1955): 658-659. [Admiral Spruance wrote this foreward for Mitsuo Fuchida’s book, Midway, The Battle That Doomed Japan; The Japanese Navy’s Story. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1955.].

Worden, William L. “There Was a Man – Admiral Raymond A. Spruance.” Reader’s Digest 70, no. 420 (April 1957): 117-121.

Manuscript Collections and Other Items

Papers of Raymond A. Spruance, Naval Historical Collection, Naval War College Library, Newport, Rhode Island. [This is the major collection of Spruance papers. A finding aid for the collection is available online at].

Papers of Raymond A. Spruance, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, DC.

Papers of Samuel Eliot Morison, 1939-1927, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. [This collection includes an interview with Admiral Spruance. A description of Morison's papers collection is available online at].

Spruance, Commander R.A. “Policy.” Master’s thesis, Naval War College, Newport, RI, 1926. [Available in the Biographies, 20th Century collection, Navy Department Library.].


Published: Mon Jan 28 15:18:45 EST 2019