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Sweet Pea at War: A History of USS Portland

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"Few ships in American history have had as illustrious a history as the heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), affectionately known by her crew as 'Sweet Pea.' With the destructionof most of the U.S. battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor, cruisers such as Sweet Pea carried the biggest guns the Navy possessed for nearly a year after the start of World War II. Sweet Pea at War describes in harrowing detail how Portland and her sisters protected the precious carriers and held the line against overwhelming Japanese naval strength. Portland was instrumental ...

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Overview

"Few ships in American history have had as illustrious a history as the heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), affectionately known by her crew as 'Sweet Pea.' With the destructionof most of the U.S. battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor, cruisers such as Sweet Pea carried the biggest guns the Navy possessed for nearly a year after the start of World War II. Sweet Pea at War describes in harrowing detail how Portland and her sisters protected the precious carriers and held the line against overwhelming Japanese naval strength. Portland was instrumental in the dramatic American victories at the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and the naval battle of Guadalcanal—conflicts that historians regard as turning points in the Pacific war. She rescued nearly three thousand sailors from sunken ships, some of them while she herself was badly damaged. Only a colossal hurricane ended her career, but she sailed home from that, too. Based on extensive research in official documents and interviews with members of the ship's crew, Sweet Pea at War recounts from launching to scrapping the history of USS Portland, demonstrating that she deserves to be remembered as one of the most important ships in U.S. naval history.

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"Gives an excellent 'sailor's eye view of the war." — NYMAS Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813191218
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 829,446
  • Product dimensions: 0.70 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    EXCELLENT Naval History

    A great book, taking you back into a better time....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    brings back memories

    My grandfather served on the Portland during the mid to late 30s and i remember him talking about some of the things in this book. Its like hearing from my grandfather again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Brings back excitement and memories.

    I served aboard this great ship in the years '43 thru '46. Mr. Generous has caught the excitement and the tenseness at the times they happened. The comeraderie of the crew and the unity of their efforts during trying moments, is typical of the American citizen/sailor during the forced situation of a war thrust upon a peace loving nation. A population answered the call. The men aboard her worked as a team to bring this ship into the ranks of the great ships of the world.

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