Common Sense

On 28 November 1941, Vice Admiral William “Bull” Halsey departed Pearl Harbor on the USS Enterprise to ferry Marine fighter squadron VMF-211 to Wake Island. Sitting in the office with the Commander Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) Adm Husband E Kimmel that morning, he asked about the Rules of Engagement if he should encounter Japanese forces.

Halsey: If I run into a Jap ship, how far can I go?

Kimmel: Use your common sense…

Halsey: That’s the best damn order I’ve ever received.

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