His ability to bring about a harmony of interests and personalities between officers and enlisted men, regular Navy and Reserves has contributed much toward creating a smoothly functioning military organization.

Lieutenant Commander KAUBER is a native of California. He enlisted immediately after his graduation from High School in l929, and after serving as an enlisted man in the deck force for seven years, transferred to the Aviation Branch. He received his flight training at Pensacola and graduated as a Naval Aviation Pilot in February, 1938.

His pre-war naval flying extended throughout the Pacific from the Aleutians to Australia and from the Canal Zone to the Philippines. At the outbreak of hostilities on December 7, 1941 he was on Midway Island as a member of Patrol Squadron ELEVEN, which in April of the following year, moved to Australia and was redesignated Patrol Squadron ONE HUNDRED ONE.

The squadron's first duty thereafter was conducting long range day searches from Perth, Western Australia, and from advance bases at Geraldton and Exmouth Gulf. Lieutenant Commander KAUBER later served for five months as Executive Officer of the U.S. Naval Air Base at Geraldton, following which he moved with the squadron to its new base at Port Moresby, New Guinea.

The Port Moresby assignment was principally convoy escort, but involved frequent special missions as well. On one of these, Lieutenant Commander KAUBER, carrying twenty natives who were to be put ashore for intelligence purposes, landed and took off in broad




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