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The first authoritative history of any of the more than 350 attack transports or attack cargo ships of World War II, Combat Loaded: Across the Pacific on the USS Tate contains gripping combat narratives alongside the sometimes heartwarming, sometimes tragic details of daily life on board the ships of Transport Squadron 17 during the waning days of World War II.
Author Thomas E. Crew interviewed over fifty veterans of the Tate, including all her surviving officers. Crew weaves a rich tapestry of voices, combining it with extensive analysis of the Tate’s daily action reports and ship’s logs, accented by lively letters of the period from private collections—including previously unpublished accounts of the last days of famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle.
Crew also presents a rare unit-level perspective of joint operations involving the infantry fighting ashore and the navy transports that sustained them with their vital combat cargo. The resulting richly illustrated work presents perhaps the most comprehensive account to date of the experiences and courageous contributions of those who served on amphibious transports during World War II.
Posted January 2, 2007
This is a very well researched book about the men who served on our Amphibious Ships during WWII. The detail can't be found in any other source. It's not just the story of one ship, it's the story of all the ships that helped win the war. In addition to being incredibly well researched it is very readable and a must read of those who served, their families and those who want to learn about this part of our history.
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Posted September 1, 2009
I was among the 215 amphibious landing craft crew (SLCU 28) that was picked up on Kauai, Hawaii, by the USS Tate 1/28/45. We proceeded on to Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands, then to Ulithi in the Caroline Islands, and finally on to Leyte/Samar, Philippines, arriving 2/15/45. Our mission was to establish an Amphibious and PT Boat base (this was at the same time as the Iwo Jima campaign). I found it amazing how the writer, Thomas E. Crew, was able to recreate all the accurate details of every happening aboard the USS Tate at that time. I have thought many, many times about that time in my life as an 18 year old, and I just happened to find this book while browsing the internet. It brought the entire experience alive for me again. Thank you, Mr. Crew.
Bill J. Bogard, Dallas, Texas, firstname.lastname@example.org