Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine

Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine

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by James F. Calvert
     
 

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"I am just one of many who experienced life on a submarine during World War II. Silent Running is a story sincerely told—free of any revisionism or cynicism—and I commend Vice Admiral Calvert for sharing this dramatic personal account of that difficult and exciting time." —President George Bush

"Hardened old sub vet that I am, I still felt the need

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"I am just one of many who experienced life on a submarine during World War II. Silent Running is a story sincerely told—free of any revisionism or cynicism—and I commend Vice Admiral Calvert for sharing this dramatic personal account of that difficult and exciting time." —President George Bush

"Hardened old sub vet that I am, I still felt the need for two weeks R&R after reliving Jim's only too realistic war patrolling adventures." —C. W. Nimitz, Jr., Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)

"I believe it is the best personal account yet written on U.S. submarine operations in the Second World War. [Calvert] writes with lucidity and a rare candor. We get an extraordinary sense of what it was like, feeling the tensions and emotions, sharing the successes and disappointments, ... This is a true story with teal people, always gripping and sometimes tender. It is exciting to read and hard to put down. —J. L. Holloway, Admiral, USN (Ret.) President, Naval Historical Society, Chief of Naval Operations, 1974-1978.

"I knew Jim Calvert Throughout the war, and in this book he has told the submarine story in a way that catches the flavor and tang of the real thing. This is the way it really was." —Frederick B. Warder, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) Legendary W.W. II skipper of the Seawolf.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In nine war patrols, the USS Jack sank 15 Japanese ships and ranked ninth in tonnage sunk by the end of the war. The author of this exciting memoir served as Torpedo Data Computer operator aboard the Jack (he was the one who aimed the torpedoes) and later as its executive officer. Calvert's book ranks with Edward Beach's Run Silent, Run Deep as an accurate, detailed, suspenseful account of submarine operations in the Pacific: the tracking and sinking of tankers, ammunition ships and a transport with a regiment of Japanese troops on board. One convoy commander whose ships crossed paths with the Jack radioed his superiors in Tokyo that he was under attack by a ``wolf pack.'' Calvert also recalls his experiences ashore between patrols, including an unconsummated romance-he was married-with an Australian woman. The memoir climaxes with an unusual account of his unauthorized tour of Tokyo immediately after the Japanese surrender, when he nearly scuttled his naval career by violating occupation rules. Calvert (Surface at the Pole) later served as superintendent of the Naval Academy, Annapolis. Photos. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Another in the recent group of books dealing with wartime memoirs (Point Man, LJ 7/93; Tin Can Man, LJ 2/1/93; Code Name: Copperhead, LJ 6/1/94), this is the story of James Calvert, who was stationed aboard the U.S. Navy attack submarine USS Jack from 1943 to the end of World War II. In a page-turner as good as any war novel, Calvert recounts the history of the eight war patrols that the Jack completed. He also describes the training involved, as well as overcoming problems like faulty torpedoes that hampered early submarine operations against the Japanese. Finally, Calvert tells about an unauthorized sightseeing trip to Tokyo that almost cost him his career. He went on to command the nuclear submarine USS Skate and become superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Calvert's memoir should be at home in any type of library.-Terry L. Wirick, Erie Cty. Lib. System, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471197058
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
601,716
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

JAMES F. CALVERT, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.), one of the Navy's most decorated officers in World War II, commanded a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine, served as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, and headed the First Fleet in the Pacific.

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Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ChuckLaBee More than 1 year ago
An Excellent Story of a WWII Submarine Career, Well Told Starting as the youngest and lowest ranked officer on a brand new submarine in 1943, Mr. Calvert tells the complete story of the career of the USS Jack during seven WWII patrols. Excellently told, both the technical challenges and the personal accomplishments are described as they happened. By the end he had earned his way up into the second-in-command of the boat, the exec. Daily life on the boat, as well as the experiences of shore leave in Hawaii and Australia are interestingly described. By the end you are really pulling for these guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Calvert does us submarine history buffs a great service. Prior submarine history readings painted a gloomey picture on the WWII subs performance; NOT this book! I found it fun to read and very informative, especially how he drove into my mind the inner workings of the fleet type submarine and the search and destroy tactics imployeed by submarine skippers. For those who like romance mixed in to your readings, he gives additional insight that Hollywood does not. Read it and I'll bet you end up wanting to get in touch with Mr. Calvert to express your views.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was on a nuc missile boat in the 1970's and had heard many stories WWII Submariners life. This brought it to life for me. I could feel the excitement of living in Hawaii and Australia. I could feel the fear of a depth charge attack
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Calvert brings a different view and narrative to WWII Submarine tales. From his Annapolis days to becoming a submariner aboard the USS Jack in 1943 until the end of hostilities in 1945, Mr. Calvert brings us ever closer to the adventures, training, off duty hours and the emotional build up and let down of war patrols aboard a US attack submarine. I liked the viewpoint of being human, officer or enlisted, and what emotional feelings he had when the war was over. I've read other submarine stories and plan to read more. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in submarine warfare during WWII.