S. S. Pete martin was a journalist and author. This is not only one of the best of the war books, it is a record of cooperative courage achieved by a group of men in a manner wholly American. The new york timesat the outbreak of the Second World War U. S. S. Fortress commanding Manila Bay in the Philippines. The washington post“the enthralling story of how a handful of Navy men escaped from falling Corregidor southward to Australia in a leaky 36-foot landing boat.
South From Corregidor #ad - Foreign affairs“a matter of fact, modest and inherently dramatic account of an isolated incident in the pacific war” Kirkus ReviewsJohn Morrill was a Lieutenant Commander in the U. S. Quail. Damaged by enemy bombs and guns during the Japanese invasion of the island John Morrill and his fellow men decided to make the decision to scuttle their ship rather than allow it to be captured.
The Story of Wake IslandLantern Press #ad - S. Devereaux was a united States Marine Corps general, Navy Cross recipient, and Republican congressman. The first japanese landing attempt on the morning of 11th December was repelled by a ferocious defense put forward by Devereux and his men. Yet although the japanese had withdrawn without landing, they continued to bombard the island by air and sea, and there was little hope of resupply for the Americans.
For fifteen days the american troops suffered endless bombardments until the second major Japanese offensive was launched on 23rd December. Against overwhelming forces the marines and other troops that were stationed on the island fought valiantly, but after forty-nine men had lost their lives in the fight, the remaining American men and civilians were captured by the Japanese.
James P. The courageous conduct of the officers and men who defended Wake Island will not be forgotten so long as gallantry and heroism are respected and honored. Citation of the president“excellent” the new york timesOn 8th December 1941, just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, thirty-six Japanese bombers attacked Wake Island and destroyed eight of its twelve aircraft.
The Story of Wake Island #ad - Two more raid shortly followed, further reducing the defensive possibilities for the men who were left to defend this small area of American soil in the center of the Pacific Ocean. Major James P. Devereux was the commanding Officer of the 1st Marine Defense Battalion who faced Japanese onslaught. Deveraux’s remarkable book the Story of Wake Island takes the reader to the heart of the action from the point of view of the commanding officer.
Escape From CorregidorHydrae Books #ad - In retirement whitcomb still sought adventure, with a six-year, around-the-world sailing trip. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1941 and made an aerial navigator. This is a story of one man's effort for survival - an incredible, fascinating account' - Kirkus ReviewsEscape from Corregidor, first published in 1958, is the harrowing account of Edgar Whitcomb, a B-17 navigator who arrives in World War II Philippines just before its capture by the invading Japanese.
. During the philippines campaign, whitcomb's base was overrun; he was captured by the Japanese and was beaten and tortured by his captors, but was able to escape. Escape from corregidor, his memoir of war-time experiences, was first published in 1958. After weeks of struggle in a snake-infested jungle, once again, only to fall, he sailed by moonlight down the heavily patrolled coast, into the clutches of the enemy.
Escape From Corregidor #ad - He enlisted in the united states Army Air Corps in 1940 and was deployed to the Pacific Theater. He served two tours of duty in the Philippines and was promoted to Second Lieutenant. He escaped by swimming all night through shark-infested waters to an island unoccupied by the Japanese army. Facing captors, Ed Whitcomb took a desperate chance for freedom.
He was discharged from active duty in 1946, but he remained in the reserve military forces until 1977 holding the rank of colonel. However, his efforts to escape eventually fail and he is captured but later manages to escape at night in an hours-long swim to safety.
Rendezvous By Submarine: The Story Of Charles Parsons And The Guerrilla-Soldiers In The PhilippinesEmbattled Books #ad - He passed away in 1969. Parsons became instrumental in organization of the guerrilla movement as they moved ammunition, evacuated American and Allied personnel and civilians, installed coast watchers and radio stations, medicine and arms from under the noses of the Japanese, and undertaking secret submarine missions to the Philippines.
Travis ingram drew much of the material for this book directly from Parsons who frequently interjects through the book with his own opinion of certain situations. This is the remarkable story of the man that macarthur described as “the bravest man I ever met” and deserves to be read by all who wish to find out more about individual acts of heroism that took place in the most trying of circumstances.
Rendezvous By Submarine: The Story Of Charles Parsons And The Guerrilla-Soldiers In The Philippines #ad - A story of military and morale building that paid dividends to our advantage, told with the flourish and zest it deserves. Kirkus reviews“no small part of the credit for the reconquest of the Philippines goes to an American businessman turned Navy Commander — Mr. His book rendezvous by submarine: the story Of Charles Parsons And The Guerrilla-Soldiers In The Philippines was first published in 1945.
This is the exciting narrative of how he did this job. Foreign affairsTravis Ingham was an American writer. Charles parsons — who organized guerrilla forces in a number of islands. 1942.
One Damned Island After Another: The Saga of the SeventhBrigadier Books #ad - Out of a total of 231 aircraft of the Hawaiian Air Force, 64 were destroyed and not more than 79 were left usable. Their book one damned Island After Another was first published in 1946. They fought at midway, tarawa, truk, iwo Jima, Eniwetok, the Philippines, Saipan, Guadalcanal, Kwajalein, Palau, and finally Tokyo.
Clive howard and joe whitley’s history of this remarkable air force covers from the events at Pearl Harbor through to V-J Day, covering every single island that the force landed on in between. They listened to demand of corporal earl nelson’s article “heroes don’t win wars”, nor does it simply record the accounts of the “brass hats”, that criticised the press and radio that only recorded the fantastic achievements of men who wore medals; “Why don’t they talk about the guy who is just a soldier?” So with humor and insight Howard and Whitley have provided us with a history of the Seventh Air Force that doesn’t focus on only the glorious achievements of some men, but instead gets to the heart of what the men of this extraordinary force did and thought.
One Damned Island After Another: The Saga of the Seventh #ad - Clive howard and joe whitley were both sergeants and served as correspondents for the Seventh Air Force. In this huge area and against a fearsome opponent, at first, the men of the Seventh were forced to fly the longest missions in any theater of war, entirely over water and, without fighter escort. On 19th october 1940, later known as the seventh air Force, the Hawaiian Air Force, was established to provide air defense of the Hawaiian Island and to engage with threats in the Pacific.
Just over a year later the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor devastated this force. They were there; they saw it happen.
Mission Beyond DarknessGordian Books #ad - He passed away in 1993. They carried out a ‘mission beyond darkness. Robert M. Commander J. In civilian life he was a journalist and writer who was born into the influential Bryan family of newspaper publishers and industrialists. Bryan iii records in fascinating detail one of the most remarkable missions that place during the war in the Pacific.
Rather relying on second-hand accounts byran explains this his work is completely authentic as it “is derived wholly from narratives by the survivors, from statements by officers and men of the Lexington’s company”. A story of tight going and tricky work that provided aerial miracles in a landing stampede of planes and pilots; the responsibilities of those aboard the carriers; the rescue work of destroyers and escort ships; foul ups and rogue ships; obstacles of dwindling fuel, misunderstood signals … Top among aviation books.
Mission Beyond Darkness #ad - Kirkus reviews“the thrilling story of the closing phase of the First Battle of the Philippines, in which Air Group 16 from the Lexington successfully attacked a number of fleeing Japanese battleships and carriers. Foreign AffairsLieutenant Commander J. Citino, navy timesMission Beyond Darkness by Lt. They did what their commanders and their country told them to do.
When the pilots flew from the carriers of the Task Force 58 they knew they had little hope of returning to their ships. Given that there was only seventy-five minutes of daylight left, and they were flying into the middle of the world’s biggest ocean to attack the damaged but still dangerous Japanese fleet, they had little fuel, it is little wonder that many of them were pessimistic about their chances.
War in the South Pacific: Out in the Boondocks, U.S. Marines Tell Their StoriesImpavid Publishing #ad - They had what it takes. Some of us ducked; some of us fell to the floor; and all of us prayed. Here, in heart-stopping human detail, are twenty-one personal accounts told by the men themselves. They were afraid, and yet they took it. The account of private nicolli who was literally blown into the air like a matchstick and then, with a piece of shrapnel in his chest, managed to help a wounded comrade to the rear.
The luckiest man in the Solomons, ” Sgt. I was in one of the last landing barges to hit the beach of Gavutu Island. Horan, author of more than forty books, died in 1981. Koziar, tells of how he had his tonsils removed with the assistance of a Japanese sniper’s bullet. These are just three of the twenty-one fascinating stories that were told to Gerold Frank and James Horan just months after these marines had returned from active duty to recover from the conflict in the Pacific.
War in the South Pacific: Out in the Boondocks, U.S. Marines Tell Their Stories #ad - The valor of these marines is astounding, “i don’t suppose I shall ever be able to sum up all the bravery, as twenty-one-year-old Corporal Conroy states in the book, the guts, the genuine, honest courage displayed by the boys out in Guadalcanal. Bullets slapped the water and whined as they ricocheted off the barge.
We were halfway in when the Japanese machine guns got their range. Frank went on to become a prominent ghostwriter and passed away in 1998.
Attack Transport: The Story Of The U.S.S. DoyenAuxiliary Publications #ad - They are the unsung, battle-scarred work horses of the Navy. Richmond K. Turner, Admiral, U. S. Doyen from may 1944 through to the end of the war, Guam, and was involved in the landings at Saipan, Leyte Gulf, Luzon and Iwo Jima. His book attack transport: the story of The USS Doyen was first published in 1946 and he passed away in 2005.
Between assaults, on long and dreary voyages they carry out to distant bases replacement and service troops and freight, and carry back to home ports our casualties and essential war materials. Not because they could defeat the japanese on their own but because they carried in their hulls the war’s one essential combat element: the troops that fought on the ground.
Attack Transport: The Story Of The U.S.S. Doyen #ad - U. S. S. Navy, former commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet. This book is perfect for readers who wish to learn more about these fascinating boats, the men who fought aboard them and the impact that they made throughout the war. Lieutenant Commander Lawrence A. Marsden served on the U. S.
The Saga of Pappy GunnLycaon Books #ad - Kenney wrote three books about the SWPA air campaigns he led during World War II. If any piece of equipment from the airplane itself to any of its hundreds of accessories failed to work, the universal answer was “Pappy can fix it, ” and Pappy could and did. Colonel paul irvin “pappy” Gunn was a fearless fighter who demonstrated his qualities of leadership.
. He also wrote the saga of pappy gunn 1959 and dick bong: ace of Aces 1960, which described the careers of Paul Gunn and Richard Bong, two of the most prominent airmen under his command. This is the story of an extraordinary character. He was one of the great heroes of the Southwest Pacific in World War II, a mechanical genius, and one of the finest storytellers I have ever known.
Four-star general Kenney pays tribute to a remarkable man in this biography. Kenney's book uncovers the remarkable life of Pappy Gunn and his exploits through the Second World War, explaining why many generals, admirals and soldiers acknowledged that he was one of aviation's great pioneers. Pappy gunn is a loving tribute by the youngest son of one of the United States’ greatest heroes, one that highlights the humanity of a man who was a legend in his own time.
The Saga of Pappy Gunn #ad - Historynet‘an affectionate biography of an almost legendary air force hero’ — Kirkus ReviewsGeorge Churchill Kenney 1889 –1977 was a United States Army Air Forces general during World War II. To the youngsters fresh from the training fields and untried in air combat he was an example, a confidence builder, an inspiration, and an invaluable man to have around.
As well as a brilliant pilot, Pappy was also a formidable aviation engineer.
Coral Comes High: U. S. Marines and the Fight for PeleliuFortification Press #ad - Here are dramatic accounts of wounded men miraculously still fighting, of two men seen in silhouette at night against the flashes of guns in a death struggle atop a cliff, of the flame-scarred bodies of Japanese in caves and pillboxes, of a nervous and badly scared youngster shooting one of his own comrades.
When, at last, relief came and captain Hunt and his handful of men staggered back to the beach, they had withstood three terrible counterattacks and killed more than five hundred enemy soldiers. Coral comes high is an unpretentious, blow-by-blow story of a terrible action, stark, well told in the fewest possible words” Time Magazine“This is a story of fighting men told by a fighting man.
General alexander Vandegrift, United States Marine Corps. Captain hunt served in the 1st regiment of the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific and was decorated with the Silver Star medal and the Navy Cross. The citation for this decoration relates how Captain Hunt's company of riflemen was reduced to thirty-four men; how these survivors defended an isolated position "against three counterattacks killing four hundred and twenty-two Japanese.
Coral Comes High: U. S. Marines and the Fight for Peleliu #ad - After the war he worked as a writer and editor for Fortune and Life magazines. The brutal and heroic story of marines in action” The New York Times08:32, September 15, 1944. The 1st marines stormed the Pacific island of Peleliu. Captain hunt and his company of two hundred and thirty-five men were among some of the first to land; forty-eight hours later, only seventy-eight of them were alive.
The Good Shepherd#ad - Exhausted beyond measure, he must make countless and terrible decisions as he leads his small fighting force against the relentless U-boats. In charge is commander George Krause, an untested veteran of the U. S. Hounded by a wolf pack of german U-boats, he faces 48 hours of desperate peril trapped the bridge of the ship.
Navy. The good shepherd is currently being adapted into a major motion picture, Greyhound, scripted by and starring Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider, and produced by Gary Goetzman. A convoy of thirty-seven merchant ships is ploughing through icy, submarine-infested North Atlantic seas during the most critical days of World War II, when the German submarines had the upper hand and Allied shipping was suffering heavy losses.