No one has brought the Battle off Samar more compellingly to the screen than the History Channel did with this 2006 episode of “Dogfights.” I was privileged to meet that gallant Helldiver pilot, LCDR Fellner, when we shared the stage at the Nimitz Museum symposium that year.
It was a pleasure to be part of this sterling program. The whole event is watchable online here (my session with Jonathan Parshall and Walter Borneman, “Sink or Swim: The Naval Commanders,” is the 11th one down in the queue).
Interview by Scott Simon, Weekend Edition Saturday
The famous historian’s eyewitness accounts of the Navy during World War II—now being reissued—won’t be surpassed