I thought I would post the quote from the oral history that Admiral van Deurs gave back in 1975 if I recall correctly. This is the quote that E. B. Potter used in his book entitled “Bull Halsey”.
Now the principal actors in this drama were all dead when this oral history was done and as far as I can tell E. B. Potter was the first one to put it in print in 1985. None of the principal actors ever stated, as far as I can find, that the communications failure was General MacArthur's fault.Q: Oh, you were still part of the Seventh Fleet.
Van Deurs: We were operating as part of the Seventh Fleet. The fast carriers and the fast battleships were operating separately under Nimitz. Part of that crossup that everybody made much of was a lot of misunderstanding. MacArthur was so damned insistent on having his own fleet and his own people that he wouldn’t let, would not have any direct channel of communication between Halsey and the Seventh Fleet. There were no radio channels set up. Halsey was working for Nimitz, and so MacArthur wouldn’t include him in any of the operations plans. They had this long complicated communications plan for the Seventh Fleet, that included us and all the amphibious things and so on, but there was no setup for that outfit to communicate directly with Halsey.
Admiral Kincaid died November 1972
Admiral Halsey died August 1959
Admiral Nimitz died February 1966
General MacArthur April 1964
Admiral King June 1956