Rear Admiral Yates Stirling, Jr., USN

When the Ala Moana crisis shook Hawaii, Admiral Yates Stirling, Jr. was the commander of the 14th Naval District, which included the Hawaiian Islands and strategically important Pearl Harbor. Stirling was outraged over the alleged rape of the wife of one of his officers. He also believed the erroneous report that there had been forty sexual assaults against white women in Hawaii in the past year. Given his senior position, Stirling helped convince the decision-makers in Hawaii and those in political power in Washington, D.C. that Hawaii was unsafe for white women.