James E. Bassett, Lt.
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Officer...James E. Bassett, Lt.
James E. Bassett passed away on Sept. 24th, 1978 in Malibu, California
Agency History / Biographical Note:
James E. Bassett Jr. (1912-78) graduated from Bowdoin Phi Beta Kappa in 1934. After graduation, Bassett worked on the Los Angeles Times, serving as a reporter from 1934-37; aviation editor from 1937-41; science editor from 1947-48; political editor in 1961; director of the editorial pages from 1963-71; and associate editor from 1971-77. He retired in 1977. Bassett also worked for the Los Angeles Mirror serving as political editor in 1948; city editor in 1954; and assistant managing editor in 1957.
In 1941, Bassett entered the Navy as a lieutenant junior grade and became public relations officer for Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey and the Third Fleet. He served in that capacity until 1945. Bassett received the Bronze Star and retired from the Naval Reserve as a Captain.
Bassett served as press secretary for vice president Richard Nixon's campaign in 1952, as public relations director of the Republican National Committee in 1954, as campaign director for the Nixon vice presidential campaign in 1956, and as planning director of the Nixon presidential campaign in 1960. In 1962, Bassett published Harm's Way based on his wartime experience; the novel was made into a movie. Bassett also published The Sky Suspended in 1961 and Commander Prince, USN in 1971.
Bassett married Wilma Moreland in 1936 and the couple had one daughter.
Oct. 1941 Newspaper Clipping.... Uncle Sam's Bluejackets are Ready
I have not been in contact with any family members. All information listed was found on the Internet. If you have additional information on this veteran, please contact Sandy Eskew, SLC Historian. The picture was submitted by Richard Noar, son of SLC Veteran Abraham Noar
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