The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for September,
the remnants of the Japanese. Quickly
followed the capture of Guadalcanal and
its fine airport which the occupying
forces of the Mikado had just completed.
Thrice since the occupation of the islands by the Americans the Japanese
have struck back, landing task forces
under cover of darkness; but each time
they have been overwhelmed by fire from
the marines and the naval vessels at sea.
As this is written. Admiral Ghormley
remains alert and on guard, ready for
the next round. Just where this round
will be fought is a secret known only to
the President, the Secretary of the Navy,
and the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Nimitz, who is supreme commander in the Pacific, and of course to
Admiral Ghormley. As speculation involving Navy and Army activities is not
considered wise, only time will reveal the
arena of the next clash in the Southwestern Pacific. One notable phase of
these operations is the close co-operation
between Admiral Ghormley and General
MacArthur. What a pair to draw to,
what a bulwark for all that is brave and
defender of Bataan and Corregidor and the victor of the Solomons!
This in briefest detail is the story of
Robert Lee Ghormley, A 0's great
fighting admiral. His career has been
marked, since he left Annapolis thirtysix years ago as an honor graduate, by
a steady rise through all the grades of the
naval service: Chief of Staff of the Fleet,
Director of War Plans, Assistant Chief
of Naval Operations, senior American officer in the British Isles, and now commanding American sea forces in the
As all A knows. Admiral Ghormley signed the Bond at Idaho; he was
one of the founders of A, the local
fraternity which became Idaho Alpha
in 1908; this local was the first fraternity
at the University of Idaho. Brother
Ghormley is on the sunny side of sixty.
Bom in Portland, Oregon, the son of a
Presbyterian minister, he spent most of
his boyhood in Moscow, Idaho. In the
official biographical records of the Navy,
Ghormley names only two from the
many societies and clubs of which he is
a member. One is the Army and Navy
Club of Washington. The other is the
Burton Lee French, Idaho '01, a lifelong friend of Bob Ghormley, now professor of Government at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, was for twenty-six
years Representative from Idaho in Con;
gress and for eight years chairman of the
House sub-committee on Naval Appropriations when, following the 1922 Washington Treaty, the United States, Great
Britain, France, Japan, and Italy were
undertaking a parity program in navies
in the interest of world peace. During
much of this time Commander Ghormley
was Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Eberle, and often appeared before the committee to advise on
technical naval matters.
Speaking of Ghormley, French says
that even at that time Ghormley was regarded as one of the foremost of the
junior officers of the Navy. The members
of the Committee believed in him and
his word was accepted as absolute.
Commenting on Ghormley's success,
French said that in his opinion the three
great factors which have taken the Admiral to the commanding position he occupies today are his absolute and unflinching integrity and loyalty, his thorough knowledge of his profession, and
his charming personality.
According to French, Earl David,
Idaho '04, claims the distinction of having been the first to discover Bob Ghormley in anything like his present size.
"Why," says Earl, "I was appointed principal to the United States Naval Academy in 1902, and Bob Ghormley shortly
after was appointed fourth alternate.
Prophetically, I looked forward forty
years, saw the magnificent naval officer
Bob would make, and promptly omitted
to take the entrance exainination, thus
leaving the place to him. The other
three alternates above Bob either did
not take the examination or failed to
pass." One of those accidents of history!