In his book The Eagle and the Rising Sun, Alan Schom is highly crirical of Vice-Admiral Fletcher's behavior during the early days of the Guadalcanal campaign, up to and including the Battle of Santa Cruz. He, in fact, calls the Admiral's actions (the infamous "bug-out") cowardly. Schom is also critical of Fletcher's command of the Yorktown group at Midway. Morrison is also critical of Fletcher's actions, and is also somewhat critical of his actions during the Wake Island fiasco, although Schom puts most of the blame for that action on Pye and the general confusion at Pearl. Frank Jack Fletcher was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic action during a battle at Veracruz in 1914. It's always been my feeling that we must be careful throwing out the word coward when referring to our warriors, as Schom has in regards to not only Fletcher, but MacArthur as well. These men are in harms way, on the flag bridge of a carrier under attack I don't believe you will find any "cowards". In Fletcher's case we must recall the circumstances he was in. The fleet was almost completely destroyed at PH. All we had left were the carriers. When He left PH for Coral Sea the last thing Nimitz said was "don't lose my carriers". If he was overly cautious, which I believe he was, only because if you are not going to use your carriers when they are needed the most, then why are they worth protecting? But, having said that, I will repeat, I wasn't there, I wasn't in his shoes, so it is very easy to be critical. Anyway I believe it would be ok to criticize his tactics, as many have done, but not his courage. What do you all think?