Louis Mountbatten

1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
(1900–1979)
Louis Mountbatten

Anecdote 1...

The five-year-old Mountbatten was reluctant to go to bed alone in the dark. “It isn’t the dark,” he told his father confidentially. “There are wolves up there.” His father smiled. “There are no wolves in this house,” he said reassuringly. This was of little consolation to the rational young Mountbatten. “I daresay there aren’t,” he replied, “but I think there are.”

Anecdote 2...

During the most controversial period of the Vietnam War, Mountbatten, in Los Angeles, was Johnny Carson’s guest on the Tonight Show. He had previously warned Carson that he would answer no questions about Vietnam. On the show, after a few minutes of conversation that went quite smoothly, Carson apparently decided to slip one over on Mountbatten. “Sir,” he asked, “if you were president of the United States, what would you do about Vietnam?” Replied Mountbatten: “I’d tell the British to keep their noses out of it.”

Biographical Note: 

Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma was a British naval commander and the great-grandson of Queen Victoria. A flotilla commander at the beginning of World War II, he was made chief of combined operations in 1942 and subsequently supreme allied commander in southeast Asia (1943–46). After the war he served as viceroy (1947) and governor-general (1947–48) of India, First Sea Lord (1955–59), and chief of defense staff (1959–65). He was assassinated by an IRA bomb in 1979.