Submarine Stories: Recollections from the Diesel Boats [NOOK Book]

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Culled from many never-before-published narratives and oral histories conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Naval Institute, Submarine Stories presents nearly five dozen first-person accounts from men who were involved with gasoline- and diesel-powered submarines during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The story of these boats, their technological evolution and tactical value, is also the story of the men who went to sea in them. The accounts illustrate the human aspects of serving in diesel boats: ...
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Submarine Stories: Recollections from the Diesel Boats

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Overview

Culled from many never-before-published narratives and oral histories conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Naval Institute, Submarine Stories presents nearly five dozen first-person accounts from men who were involved with gasoline- and diesel-powered submarines during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The story of these boats, their technological evolution and tactical value, is also the story of the men who went to sea in them. The accounts illustrate the human aspects of serving in diesel boats: the training, operations in peacetime and war, liberty exploits, humorous sidelights, and special feelings of bonding and camaraderie that grew among shipmates.
Included here are some familiar names. Slade Cutter, who earned four Navy Crosses as a skipper in World War II, describes the process that made him a capable submariner. Dennis Wilkinson, first skipper of the nuclear-powered Nautilus in the 1950s, tells of being in the first missile-firing submarine in the 1940s.

Robert McNitt recalls his experiences as executive officer to Medal of Honor skipper Gene Fluckey. Among the other submariners who present their personal memories are Jerry Beckley, contemplating the possibility of firing nuclear missiles during the 1962 Cuban crisis; Hosey Mays, describing what it was like to be a black man in a boat with a nearly all-white crew; Paul Foster, discussing the sinking a German U-boat in World War I; and Wayne Miller, explaining the enormous satisfaction he felt when he earned his silver dolphins.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612513676
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 512,337
  • File size: 18 MB
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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    Submarine Stories is excellent reading for historians and military history students

    As a retired submarine officer who spent a majority of my career on diesel submarines, I truly enjoyed reading the stories and exploits, contained in Submarine Stories, Recollections from the Diesel Boats. The stories are exciting, moving and true. They are the stories of those who served on submarines during World War II and just after the war when the U.S. Navy was transitioning from diesel submarines to nuclear power. Each story contains the emotions of those who were there, those who lived the events, written in a way that allows the reader to share in the excitement. I especially enjoyed the first hand accounts of those submariners who fought the underseas battles of World War II. Exciting accounts from those who were there.

    For those interested in submarine history written by submariners, this is the book to read. I classify Submarine Stories, Recollections from the Diesel Boats as a "can't put it down until finished" book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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