The author of the classic book, The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise, “embarked on his final voyage,” his wife wrote the U.S. Naval Institute recently, on Sept. 24 at his home in Melbourne, Florida. He was 95.
Ed Stafford wrote for Naval History and the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, as well as regular contributions for National Geographic. He is best known, however, for naval books, including Subchaser, Little Ship, Big War: The Saga of DE-343, and The Far and the Deep. Ed wrote not only with flair, but authority, too.
I’ll admit I’d just assumed CDR Stafford had passed on long ago. I have all three books, and annually at least try to read them, in order from smallest to largest. I’d highly recommend them to all, not just aficionados of the Navy. They’re all very interesting and well written books about not just ships, but people.
And be sure to click through to the USNI News link. Stafford himself was a very interesting fellow.