George Elder wrote:... and he goes on the rip the Mass. C.O. a new one about making exaggerated statements. I'm not sure what is up with all that, but Morris can be nasty at times -- which I kind of like.
I'm not sure what is up with all that either...
...but here is the precise quote:
“Rear Admiral Stanford C. Hooper stated at a meeting of the Institute of Radio Engineers 28 Jan. 1943, as reported in the New York Times next day, that the Massachusetts got home a salvo on Jean Bart at a range of 26 miles. The utmost range of Massachusetts in any action on this or subsequent days was 31,600 yards, and her utmost range in firing at Jean Bart was 29,000 yards or about 17-1/2 miles.” (Morison, Volume II, page 96, note 15.)
Incidentally, the chart in Morison (pgs 94-95) is, in fact, the same one reproduced on page 3 of Reilly's "Operational Experience..." and it should be noted that the range arcs drawn onto the chart are centered on Point El Hank, not Jean Bart, which was tied up some 4000 yards to the east of Point El Hank.
Further, I have yet to find any evidence in Morison’s text that “...he (Morison – or ‘Morris’) goes on the rip the Mass. C.O. (Captain Whiting [of Massachusetts]) a new one about making exaggerated statements....”
It appears only fair to observe that Morison made no such statement and Captain Whiting made no such exaggerations.
As to what Morison did write...if the reporter covering Admiral Hooper’s
comments made some error in transcribing his
remarks concerning the ranges at which Massachusetts was firing, we may have something to say, but otherwise...I don't see it as anything more than a minor issue.