Take Her Deep: A Submarine Against Japan in World War II

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On 12 August 1943, on Midway Island, Lt. Cdr. I. J. Galantin took command of the fleet submarine USS Halibut. For the next fourteen months, Galantin and his officers and crew would play their part in the unrelenting attack on Japan's navy and merchant marine. But it was in Luzon Strait in November 1944 that the submarine and its crew underwent their greatest ordeal. Detected and driven down while attacking a decoy, Halibut was subjected to an assault of appalling ferocity. Badly damaged, the crippled sub and ...
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Overview


On 12 August 1943, on Midway Island, Lt. Cdr. I. J. Galantin took command of the fleet submarine USS Halibut. For the next fourteen months, Galantin and his officers and crew would play their part in the unrelenting attack on Japan's navy and merchant marine. But it was in Luzon Strait in November 1944 that the submarine and its crew underwent their greatest ordeal. Detected and driven down while attacking a decoy, Halibut was subjected to an assault of appalling ferocity. Badly damaged, the crippled sub and crew endured hours of desperate maneuvering and helpless waiting before the enemy finally gave up.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
During the 15-month period when the author commanded the Halibut, nearly everything that could happen to an American sub in action against the Japanese did occur; the vessel was almost sent to the bottom more than once. The climax of this nail-biting narrative is Galantin's account of a depth-charge attack near Luzon Strait in November 1944 and the frantic but choreographed repair work that saved all hands from a one-way trip to Davey Jones's locker. This gripping narrative provides an intimate look at what it was like to fight the submarine war in the Pacific. Readers become familiar not only with the sub's machinery and its workings but with many members of the crew in full dimension. Galantin has a novelist's sense of telling detail, an eye for human quirk and enormous compassion for his loyal, efficient and often terrified crew. Photos. (September)
Library Journal
Galatin, commanding officer of the USS Halibut and one of the few submariners to reach four-star rank, has written an outstanding analytical, self-critical history. Beginning with the early war patrols, he recounts the sub's problems with defective torpedoes and primitive radar and electronic systems. He analyzes every attack made by the Halibut and does not hesitate to take the blame for his own failures. Although the Halibut sunk only 13 vessels, it probably holds the record for surviving the longest anti-submarine attack on a U.S. submarine. The recipient of 250 depth charges, the ship was so badly damaged that its hull was bent inward; yet it managed to surface and reach safety. The Halibut never sailed again. A book for all submarine buffs. Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591142997
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Bluejacket Books
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 761,616
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 6.04 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     ix
Author's Note     xi
Introduction   Edward L. Beach     xiii
Hot and Straight     1
Before Pearl Harbor     7
Guarding the Canal     20
Action in Sculpin     27
Hunting off Honshu     52
"Hot, Straight, and Normal"     69
Bungo Suido     89
Impromptu Wolf Pack     98
Ultra Assignment     108
New Tactics     124
A Shortage of Fuel     143
"Mr Mosley, Sir"     158
Off Okinawa     166
Sampan Convoy     176
Repair and Reunion     190
The Battleship that Wasn't     206
Luzon Strait     224
Hell Below     229
"Need Help"     242
Out of Action     249
Farewell     256
Appendix I     261
Appendix II     262
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