Movies on the Fantail: A Sailor's Diary and Memories from Other Men of the USS Barr DE576/APD39 / Edition 1by Helen E. Grenga
Pub. Date: 05/28/2001
Publisher: Yeoman Press
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Movies on the Fantail is a well-organized and researched work, which details the real life experiences of 48 men aboard the USSBarr and chronicles their eyewitness accounts of some of the most memorable events during World War II. The reader experiences the tragic and dramatic moments as well as the routine and humorous ones.
The USS Barr survived being torpedoed in the Battle of the Atlantic and had a number of important firsts in the Pacific:
- First ship to land troops (UDT#13/Frogmen) at Iwo Jima,
First ship to draw and return enemy fire at Iwo Jima,
Probably landed first Marine Corps Personnel (advance intelligence men) at Iwo Jima,
First ship to land troops (UDT#13/Frogmen) at Okinawa (shared with other ships with UDT's,
One of the first ships at Okinawa to come under Kamikaze attacks,
First ship to tie up and dock in the Bay of Tokyo, and
First ship into the inner harbor at the city of Tokyo.
The book has variety. The same actions/events are viewed from multiple perspectives on the ship-junior officers, gunner's mates, cooks, yeomen, water tenders and others. Also, one gets the views of American sailors and frogmen as well as British Royal Marines.
Movies on the Fantail has immediacy. The almost daily diary account and many of the flashbacks/stories of the other men were recorded at that time in their letters and journals.
Finally, this book has perspective, following the men into civilian life and telling what happened to them after the war. Over 100 previously unpublished photographs of World War II, including the atomic bomb aftermath at Nagasaki, are featured. The appendices and glossary are valuable inclusions as is the extensive index.
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Table of ContentsPHOTO ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vi
PART I: USS BARR DE576-BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
Chapter 1: The Old "39"-Not a Quitter 3
PART II: REDESIGN AND PREPARATION FOR NEW MISSION
Chapter 2: Shakedown Cruise-Preparations and Training 21
Chapter 3: Panama Canal-From Seasick to Old Salts 27
Chapter 4: Frisco and Hawaii 35
Chapter 5: U.D.T. Training 43
PART III: BATTLES OF THE USS BARR APD
Chapter 6: Anchors Aweigh 55
Chapter 7: Iwo Jima-The Little Rock 67
Chapter 8: Guam and Ulithi-R & R 87
Chapter 9: Okinawa-Easter Parade 95
Chapter 10: Saipan-R & R 113
Chapter 11: Okinawa-Suiciders All Around 121
Chapter 12: Saipan and Manila-R & R 139
Chapter 13: Okinawa-Final Battle and Typhoons 149
PART IV: POST WAR SERVICE
Chapter 14: Rumors of Peace 167 Chapter 15: Tokyo-Movies on the Fantail 185
Chapter 16: Nagasaki-Strategic Bomb Survey 203
Chapter 17: Homeward Bound 219
History of the USS Barr 255
Officers and Crew of the USS Barr 279
History of Underwater Demolition Team Thirteen 291
Officers and Enlisted Men of UDT 13 307
Navy Rating Structure 311
The Barr Rag 317
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This book conveys the experience of daily life aboard the USS Barr before, during, and after battle, as recorded in a sailor's diary. It is as close as we can come to knowing what life aboard a ship during WWII was like. Well written, wonderful photographs, and interesting memories from former USS Barr sailors.
Brings back life of the yesteryears of a navy service life I spent in my 20s. The movies, thelibertys, brewskies and the thrill. of the day - 'mail-call'. The adventure of young men in their first venture of their own, becoming a man. All these thoughts come back to me as if it happened just a few days ago.
If you like world war 11 history.This book is one that you must read.It describes what the men in the service had to live thru,and makes you feel like you are there.
Grenga's diary captures the true emotions of the men aboard the ship during the tumultous and terrifying months of the kamikaze attacks at Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the varied emotions of typhoons, the peace signing, POW evacuation, and the bomb damage at Nagasaki It is a true picture of life aboard a courageous little ship.
An excellent chronical of the day-to-day lives of those men who served on a small ship during World War II. The sailor's log records experiences and thoughts as the action is taking place. Those who served and those who loved them should read this book.