Submarine Commander: A Story of World War II and Korea

Submarine Commander: A Story of World War II and Korea

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by Paul R. Schratz
     
 

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In early 1943 the submarine USS Scorpion, with Paul R. Schratz torpedo officer, slipped into the shallow waters east of Tokyo, laid a minefield, attacks on merchant shipping. In a fierce battle with a heavily armed patrol vessel, Schratz's executive officer and best friend, Reggie Raymond, was killed.

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In early 1943 the submarine USS Scorpion, with Paul R. Schratz torpedo officer, slipped into the shallow waters east of Tokyo, laid a minefield, attacks on merchant shipping. In a fierce battle with a heavily armed patrol vessel, Schratz's executive officer and best friend, Reggie Raymond, was killed.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schratz served aboard three U.S. Navy subs during World War II, taking part in the sinking of several Japanese ships, rescuing downed pilots, laying minefields. From a natural, slightly off-center viewpoint, he conveys his fascination with submarine warfare and his deep respect for many of the men he served with, bringing them to life in scenes of combat and riotous shore leaves from Honolulu to Hong Kong. After the Japanese surrender, he was involved in the demolition of the former enemy's submarine fleet, and his comments on the attitudes and military way of life of his counterparts in the Imperial Japanese Navy are intriguing. The post-World War II section is less interesting but far from boring: In command of the U.S.S. Pickerel , Schratz set an undersea distance record in 1949 and a year later took part in photo-intelligence missions during the early months of the Korean War. Photos, maps. (Dec.)
Booknews
While this author doesn't write with the style of Edward Beach or the flair of O'Kane, the action is interesting and the facts are clear. The real value of the book is the author's experience in submarine development post WWII. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"The U.S. Navy's most innovative, non-conforming, daring skipper tells in intimate detail a gripping and exciting story — unashamed in sorrow, proud in record-setting accomplishment, rich in humor. Great!" — Adm. I.J. Galantin, USN (Ret.), author of Take Her Deep

"An authoritative, useful, and interesting view of Pacific Ocean submarine operations." — American Historical Review

"Provides the layperson with an interesting, exciting, and ultimately satisfying account of submarine service, both during WWII and the Korean War." — Choice

"An extraordinary story... Schratz is a superb observer!" — Friday Review of Defense Literature

"An ebullient, consistently engrossing memoir of submarine service in WWII's Pacific theater and during the Korean conflict." — Kirkus Reviews

"An action-filled account of the wartime operations of the Navy submarine fleet." — McCormick (SC) Messenger

"Serves as a moving testimonial to the many brave men with whom he served." — Northern Mariner

"A commanding and well told tale.... Schratz succeeds in making wartime submarining come alive for nonsubmariners." — Shipmate

"Fascinating... A delight to read not only because it is well written but because it is so very real seen through the eyes of a completely involved observer." — Submarine Review

"Schratz's description of life aboard a submarine is one of the single best accounts of the 'Silent Service' during World War II and the Korean War….The book is highly recommended." — Leo J. Daugherty III, World War Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813116617
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
12/28/1988
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.17(d)

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Submarine Commander: A Story of World War II and Korea 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Covers history of the early Cold War. Great tellling of the submarine operations in the Pacific during World War II. Wish he had written more...