The Short Life of a Valiant Ship

The Short Life of a Valiant Ship

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by Barry Friedman
     
 

On October 15, 1942 the destroyer USS Meredith, escorting the tug USS Vireo, towing a barge loaded with fuel and ammunition desperately needed by the troops on Guadalcanal, was attacked by Japanese aircraft carrier planes. When the attack seemed imminent, the crew of the lightly armed Vireo was transferred to the destroyer. Overwhelmed by the plane’s bombs

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On October 15, 1942 the destroyer USS Meredith, escorting the tug USS Vireo, towing a barge loaded with fuel and ammunition desperately needed by the troops on Guadalcanal, was attacked by Japanese aircraft carrier planes. When the attack seemed imminent, the crew of the lightly armed Vireo was transferred to the destroyer. Overwhelmed by the plane’s bombs and torpedoes, the Meredith sank within minutes. The men who survived the assault floated in the oil-coated ocean for four days, enduring strafing by Japanese planes, dehydration, and the pain of infected wounds and burns. They watched helplessly while their comrades died or drowned or were devoured by sharks. Only ninety-six of the 329 crewmen of both ships, survived to be rescued.
Although the saga is little more than a footnote in official Naval reports of World War II, the dramatic story as told by the survivors deserves to be heard by a wider audience. In addition to the extended families of the ships’ crewmembers, and to readers of action-adventure stories, the narrative will be of particular interest to maritime historians, to the 25,000 members of The National Association of Destroyer Veterans, and to the thousands of men and women who have served or are serving in ships of all types.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011282713
Publisher:
Barry Friedman
Publication date:
03/27/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
154 KB

Meet the Author

Barry Friedman is a retired orthopaedic surgeon. Since his retirement he has written nine novels and two non-fiction works. The novels are mostly medical mysteries and thrillers. All are listed on Amazon.com. He and his wife live in Southern California.

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