Thursday, August 28, 1941
August 28, 1941
JFK completed his entrance interview for the Naval Intelligence Unit in Boston. He was interviewed by Lieutenant Carl Sternfelt and Lieutenant Commander J.A. Johnson. One biographer recounts Kennedy’s answer when asked why he wanted to join Naval Intelligence,
“I am interested in coming into the Intelligence Service because I think I can exert my best efforts in it.”
JFK made an outstanding impression with Captain Sternfelt writing in his report:
Investigation has shown that subject is an exceptionally brilliant student, has unusual qualities and a definite future in what he undertakes. Being son of a prominent father has not in the least affected subject. He is a clean, ambitious and likeable young American – anxious to make his own way in life. His loyalty is unquestioned, he is by nature and training very discreet, his judgement is sound, and he has the qualties essential for successful leadership….At no time in investigation was there any trace or evidence of moral turpitude, gambling, drinking to excess, or philandering.