Boys of the Battleship North Carolina

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On July 11, 1942, the USS North Carolina steamed into Pearl Harbor. She was a magnificent ship—the first in a new class of battleships, simultaneously monstrous and fast. She was two and a half football fields long and so wide she could barely pass through the Panama Canal on her journey to Hawaii. At any given time, 2,339 sailors manned the ship—a total of more than 7,000 during the six years she served. As she glided into the ravaged harbor, past the wreckage of sunken American ships, the morale of the men in ...
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On July 11, 1942, the USS North Carolina steamed into Pearl Harbor. She was a magnificent ship—the first in a new class of battleships, simultaneously monstrous and fast. She was two and a half football fields long and so wide she could barely pass through the Panama Canal on her journey to Hawaii. At any given time, 2,339 sailors manned the ship—a total of more than 7,000 during the six years she served. As she glided into the ravaged harbor, past the wreckage of sunken American ships, the morale of the men in the surviving Pacific fleet soared.

A little over two years earlier, more than 57,000 people had gathered in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the day she was launched. As she went through her "shakedown" period, she returned repeatedly to that same naval yard for adjustments and modifications. Many New Yorkers, including radio commentator Walter Winchell, often witnessed the ship entering and departing New York Harbor and began calling her the "Showboat."

In this book, Ramsey tells the story of the battleship through the eyes of the men who served her. After doing research about the ship at the National Archives in 2000, Ramsey spent six days helping the staff of the memorial compile a living-history archive of personal interviews conducted with the surviving crewmembers when they attended the ship's annual reunion. She became fascinated with the stories these men told. For the next few years, she continued talking to the men to flesh out their stories. The result is this narrative about one of the most decorated American battleships in World War II, as seen through the eyes of the young sailors who matured into men while manning this floating fortress.

As Ramsey says in herintroduction, "Sailors know the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story. A fairy tale begins, 'Once upon a time.' A sea story starts simply, 'Now, this is no bullshit.' This book is a sea story."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895873392
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,383,233
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Horrell Ramsey has been the editor of a community newspaper and an equine magazine. She holds an MFA in creative writing from UNC-Wilmington. She is the director of Isothermal Commnunity College's Polk County Campus.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    This is a good read. A nice addition to my collection

    It tells the story of the sailors well. It's not a defining history, but it was never intended to be. The reader will have little trouble following the events that this ship and crew experienced during the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2007

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    I am not a history buff, however, one of the main characters in this book is my father, so it definitely held my interest. Cindy wrote the story of these boys who went off to war in a very personal and interesting manner that caught my attention and held it throughtout the book. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Boys of the Battleship North Carolina

    I really enjoyed this book. It brought not only the ship to life but also some of the boys that served on her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    Boys of the Battleship North Carolina

    Good book....I feel I know each one of the sailors introduced in the book.

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