Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1928. Student, National War College, 1951.
Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1928, advanced through grades to rear admiral, 1956, retired, 1967. Naval aviator, 1931-1967. Assigned aviation squadrons, aircraft carriers, ashore with air units.
Director Air Warfare division The Pentagon, Washington, 1955-1957. Deputy assistant chief of staff, plans and policy, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, 1957-1960. Commander Carrier division 6, 1960-1961.
Commander 6th Fleet, 1961-1963. Chief naval operations, 1963-1967. President board governors Naval Institute.
Member Ponte Verde Community College (Jacksonville, Florida), Army-Navy Community College, Chevy Chase Community College, Alfalfa Club (Washington), Salmagundi Club (New York City.
Married Catherine Lois Thompson, October 7, 1930. Children: Mary Louise (Mistress R.L. Spears), Thomas Howerth.