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Allan P. Slaff

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Captain Allan P. Slaff, USN (ret.) “graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944, and served on board the fast battleship Massachusetts, which participated in many of the great battles of the Pacific War as a unit of the famed Fast Carrier Task Force. After the war, he served in many of the combatant ships of the Atlantic Fleet, including the light cruiser Houston, the destroyer Holder and the destroyer Hazelwood. He commanded the destroyer escort Lester, the fleet destroyer Davis, the guided missile destroyer leader Luce and the heavy guided missile cruiser Albany.


He served a tour on the staff of Commander Cruiser Division Twelve, as aide and flag secretary to Commander Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and as personal aide to the famed Admiral Arleigh Burke when he was Chief of Naval Operations. He also served in the immediate office of Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze.


Captain Allan P. Slaff holds 22 personal decorations, unit commendations and campaign medals, including the Legion of Merit with a V for valor, a Bronze Star, the Vietnamese National Order of Vietnam, which was the highest decoration for service in Vietnam, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.


He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, the U.S. Naval War College and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He served for ten years as a dean and member of the faculty of the Harvard Business School and as a consultant to the school for an additional three years. He has also been chairman of two small but highly successful corporations. Captain Allan P. Slaff has authored numerous magazine articles about the Navy and the sea;” and, is the author of A Sailor’s Story.

A Sailor's Story
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According to the book description of A Sailor’s Story, “Captain Allan Slaff has topped off his long and distinguished career in the Navy by being a great storyteller. Relive his adventures on both sea and land--in famous battles and small pleasures, in personal triumphs and personal disappointments--in this book awash with salty humor and unabashed opinion.”

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