Admiral William V. Pratt, Chief of Naval Operations, 17 September 1930 - 30 June 1933

On December 2, 1931, Admiral Pratt invoked the "unwritten law" when he stated that: "American men will not stand for the violation of their women under any circumstances. For this crime they have taken the matter into their own hands repeatedly when they have felt that the law has failed to do justice." The Ala Moana rape trial ended in a mistrial on December 6, 1931.

Photo #: 80-G-1034138, Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.