A list of those to whom I am indebted for information and assistance in writing this book would approximate in length the roster of a heavy cruiser. Such a list would include high and low in military rank--regular and reserve, officers and enlisted, army and navy. Among them are scores who took part in the Battle for Leyte Gulf, both in the Third Fleet and in the Seventh Fleet. They were especially helpful and eager to "get the story straight." To them and to all hands I wish to express my sincere appreciation. Particularly do I feel an indebtedness to my fellow officers and former colleagues in the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Naval Office of Public Information. For the interrogations of Japanese naval officers I am indebted to the capable and intelligent staff of the Naval Analysis Division of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey.
C. V. W.