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-- Naval Books of the Year column in Warship, 2013
Posted December 30, 1999
Everyone knows the outcome of WWII in the Pacific. But how many of us know about the Herculean efforts of US Navy divers at Pearl Harbor after December of 1941. The Japanese dealt such a devastating blow they were sure they knocked out the US presence and thus had no roadblocks to the Pacific basin. However, Raymer's 'Descent¿' describes how the US Navy's salvage and recovery of sunken warships got America back on it's Naval feet. This untold story epitomized America's industrial war efforts in recovering quickly and eventually dealing the decisive blow. A recovery so fast that the battleship, USS West Virginia, sunk in the original sneak attack was battle ready 18 months later and fought its way to the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay in 1945. This book deserves a spot on the shelf of any WWII buff.
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Posted July 24, 2006
My deceased Father-In-Law was a Navy Diver during WWII, so when I saw this book I had to read it! Its a fantastic WWII Memoir that give a very good glimps into the immediate post Pearl Harbor attack chaos. The visuals that author paints of diving into the USS Arizona are haunting. His other sea battles are exciting and informative. I did not know that Yamaoto tried to bomb Pearl Harbor a second time using seaplanes, but they failed to hit their targets.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2002