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Crossing the Line: A Bluejacket's World War II Odyssey
     

Crossing the Line: A Bluejacket's World War II Odyssey

by Alvin Kernan
 

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A gritty, humorous, and knowing account of an enlisted man's life aboard World War II aircraft carriers, this memoir captures the tedium of a seaman's routine and the terror of the war's great battles, from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. Kernan, a longtime humanities professor at Yale and Princeton universities and now a senior adviser at the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation

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A gritty, humorous, and knowing account of an enlisted man's life aboard World War II aircraft carriers, this memoir captures the tedium of a seaman's routine and the terror of the war's great battles, from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. Kernan, a longtime humanities professor at Yale and Princeton universities and now a senior adviser at the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation Introduces his memoir on this-time recording by recounting some of his shipmates' responses to Crossing the Line.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This unpretentious memoir is a significant contribution to the growing body of literature on life as an enlistee in the U.S. armed forces of WWII. Kernan joined the Navy in 1940 at 17 to escape Depression-era Wyoming. He spent most of the war on aircraft carriers: the Hornet at Midway; the Lexington, one of the first carriers to operate night fighters; and finally the escort carrier Sewanee. Kernan's pride in serving on them is evident. His description of boot camp and shipboard routines suggest that, for him, the Navy's often scoffed-at routines were a system that made sense, particularly in combat. (Nov.)
Booknews
Kernan (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) relates his experiences in the US Navy during WWII. He fought in the battles of Midway and Okinawa, survived the sinking of the carrier USS Hornet at Guadalcanal in 1942, and was involved as an aerial gunner in the first night-fighter action off carriers in 1943. Includes numerous b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557504616
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Bluejacket Books Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.57(d)

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