Titolo: Men of Poseidon : Life at Sea Aboard the USS...
Casa editrice: Willow Valley Pr
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
Legatura: Soft cover
Condizione libro: New
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Riassunto: The true story of the daily life, the fears and the courage of the young men aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Rall (DE-304). Destroyer escorts were WW II's most expendable ships.
The book is filled with the real events of ship life: the difficulties of convoy duty, the constant search for Japanese submarines, and the yearning for mail from home, a few hours of sleep and a cold beer!
At the battle of Okinawa, destroyer escorts were sitting ducks for kamikaze attacks. In 20 seconds of heart-stopping action, the Rall destroyed four suicide planes and took a 500 pound bomb through the side, resulting in 21 killed and 38 wounded.
Highly autobiographical, this book follows Dick Graves from his early involvement in the war to the day of the Rall's decommissioning. It includes a perspective from the crew's 50-year reunion.
Dall'editore: I wanted to publish this book because of its honesty. It is the first Destroyer Escort story I've read that emphasized the real day-to-day events of ship's life, not just the battles. Besides that, Dick is an excellent writer.
What's also impressive is that Dick is a natural storyteller with an excellent memory. He has filled the book with many anecdotes, such as the touching story of an underage recruit, and Dick's own unsuspecting participation in a "torpedo juice" drinking party. He has included a lot of funny tales and wry observations.
Dick is also a stickler for accuracy, and has spent countless hours with the original ship's log, the battle damage report, and correspondence with living crew members to get the facts straight.
Another thing I like is that this story starts before the war, when many young men were ambivalent about what America's involvement should be. It concludes after the war, as we learn which crew members went where after the USS Rall was decommissioned.
In short, this is an excellent book. I'm very glad I published it.
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