This FbF I'd like to take a moment to recognize someone who is, in my mind at least, fullbore.
He did not do anything exceptional in war or other usual benchmarks to make FbF ... but he did something more.
He brought to life to a huge audience the great deeds of others in the naval service. He did it in a way that made people think about the example set and the lessons that could be useful for today and the future.
Brain cancer took him this week, too soon, but he left behind a legacy generations will benefit from.
He was always a gentlemen and always responded to DMs and emails. I am mad I never tried harder to have him on Midrats more than just once. I looked at the emails I exchanged with him in 2016 for A Fleet at Flood Tide and we just couldn't get the schedule right. It's my fault, really.
A lesson for me here. I'm sorry I didn't try harder Jim. Your books deserved it. My bust.
James D. Hornfischer; author, historian, navalist, and an all around great guy. Thanks for the gifts you've given us all.