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Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke, Vol 1: Fifty Years in US Navy Destroyers

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Fifteen members of the Secret Scurvy Dog Society relate their own accounts, many humorous and some pointedly not, of life at sea on U.S. Navy destroyers during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War.

Beginning with the question - Why the Navy? - and ending with reflections on how their experiences during hard lives at sea came to be considered cherished memories, these men, both officers and enlisted, tell the quintessential Sea ...

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Overview

Fifteen members of the Secret Scurvy Dog Society relate their own accounts, many humorous and some pointedly not, of life at sea on U.S. Navy destroyers during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War.

Beginning with the question - Why the Navy? - and ending with reflections on how their experiences during hard lives at sea came to be considered cherished memories, these men, both officers and enlisted, tell the quintessential Sea Stories of the latter half of the 20th century.

Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke is the first joint effort for these writers, most of whom have been published previously in the Tin Can Sailor, the journal of the National Association of Destroyer Veterans.

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What People Are Saying

John J. Gobbell
"The proudest Marine and the toughest SEAL will tell you, ' . . . destroyers? Now, there's the REAL Navy.' Find out why in the pages of Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke written by the true men of destroyers; those greyhounds of the sea; those TIN CAN SAILORS."--(John J. Gobbell, author of The Brutus Lie, The Last Lieutenant and A Code For Tomorrow)
Larry Bond
"This is how I remember my time in the Fleet - stories, people, incidents. A navy has ships, but men bring those ships to life. Service in the Navy is exciting, hard, funny, boring, and many other things best told by the men who were there. Give this book to someone who may join the Navy, and they'll get a better picture of shipboard life than from any recruiter. Give this to someone who's been in the Navy, his eyes will get misty, and then he'll start telling his own stories. And of course, these stories are all absolutely true."--(Larry Bond, author of Red Phoenix, Dangerous Ground and The Mighty Fallen)
James D. Hornfischer
"Deck apes, snipes, and powder monkeys alike will just eat up these evocative and entertaining tales of life in the United States destroyer fleet. Smartly told, irreverent and fun, Scurvy Dogs, Green Water and Gunsmoke upholds the honor of the surface navy and captures the big-hearted spirit of the tin can sailor of every generation. This book belongs on every Navy man's shelf."--(James D. Hornfischer, author of Ship of Ghosts and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892343062
  • Publisher: Oak Tree Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Long live the destroyermen

    Pick an ocean, any ocean. Add a few Navy destroyers, throw in a healthy dose of salt spray, then brace yourself. Such a concoction breeds unique ship crews who are renowned as colorful characters with irreverent lifestyles. Now some of their own have jumped ship and penned these clever sea stories. These tales, some taller than others, offer unique insights into life aboard the 'greyhounds of the sea.' A good read.

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