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Leary was Commander, Cruisers, Battle Force when war broke out. He was ashore at the Halekulani Hotel with several other senior officers at the moment of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was given command of the Saratoga force, then of ANZAC naval forces following the torpedoing of Saratoga. He was hampered in the latter posting by the fact that he was junior to Brown, whom he was to command. He was relieved as MacArthur's naval commander by Arthur S. Carpender in September 1942 after running afoul of the general.
Leary was a classmate of Nimitz who had a reputation
as a strict disciplinarian and who was disliked for his truculence and
his grating voice.
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