Tales From a Tin Can: The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay
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Tales From a Tin Can: The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay

by Michael Olson
     
 

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In the words of those who manned her, the destroyer USS Dale’s war comes vividly to life in this first oral history of a combat ship from World War II’s start to finish. From carrier raids on Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Solomons to the bombarding of

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In the words of those who manned her, the destroyer USS Dale’s war comes vividly to life in this first oral history of a combat ship from World War II’s start to finish. From carrier raids on Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Solomons to the bombarding of Saipan and Guam in the capture of the Marianas, from the Aleutians in the far north to strikes on Tokyo and Kobe, Tales from a Tin Can re-creates the action aboard the Dale and conveys as never before the true grit of wartime on a destroyer.

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Register –Pajaronian (CA), June 15, 2007

“Told through the narratives of 44 of the ship’s crew, this fascinating book captures not only the furious clashes with the Japanese but also the humdrum days in-between and the heart-stopping encounters with typhoons that could be as lethal as any engagement with the enemy. Anyone interested in stories from World War II will find this well-illustrated account of the naval campaign in the Pacific fascinating.”

Californian, June 2, 2007

“This new book’s eyewitness accounts of events aboard the destroyer will appeal to anyone interested in World War II. The 17 pages of black and white photos are an added plus and assist the reader in visualizing the ship and the men who share their memories on a ‘tin can.’”

Author Olson managed to interview 44 veterans of the World War II destroyer U.S.S. Dale (despite their average age of 88), producing the first oral history of one ship's adventures over the entire Pacific theater. Their tales produce no new insights, but their eyewitness accounts of great and trivial events are fascinating. A dozen veterans describe the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred all around them, leaving their ship untouched. The men also spent nine miserable months in the Aleutians in subzero weather and stormy seas with no relief; five crew members suffered nervous breakdowns. But the Dale was a lucky ship: no sailors died in action, though all agree on the terrors of kamikaze attacks that destroyed nearby vessels. More frightening were typhoons during which everyone expected death for days on end, joining companion destroyers that sank with all hands. Between reminiscences, Olson writes a running account of the war and illuminates shipboard details readers need to know. His book is an impressive accomplishment, bringing vividly to life the actions of a single warship that fought across half the world during 1941–1945."--Publishers Weekly

“[Tales from a Tin Can] describes the actions, hardships, and joys of a WWII destroyer as seen through the eyes of her crew. The author writes a mix of WWII Pacific History, entries from the ship’s Deck log, and a labyrinth of quotes and tales from the ships crewmembers … Tales from a Tin Can is a good read and an excellent overview of WWII in the Pacific.” -Military Magazine

WWII History, September 2007

“What was life like on a destroyer during World War II? Find out by reading Michael Keith Olson’s superb telling of tales of the war in the Pacific as seen from the deck of a very luck ‘tin can”… The son of a former Dale crewman, Olson interviewed 44 veterans and delved deeply into official documents to give this book the air of authenticity that puts the reader in the heart of the action.

Tales from a Tin Can is the first oral history of one combat ship’s adventures, sometimes comic, sometimes mundane, sometimes heart wrenching, over the entire course of America’s involvement in the Pacific. An impressive accomplishment and highly recommended.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760338261
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
06/12/2010
Edition description:
First
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
550,607
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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From the Publisher
“Author Olson managed to interview 44 veterans of the World War II destroyer U.S.S. Dale (despite their average age of 88), producing the first oral history of one ship's adventures over the entire Pacific theater. Their tales produce no new insights, but their eyewitness accounts of great and trivial events are fascinating. A dozen veterans describe the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred all around them, leaving their ship untouched. The men also spent nine miserable months in the Aleutians in subzero weather and stormy seas with no relief; five crew members suffered nervous breakdowns. But the Dale was a lucky ship: no sailors died in action, though all agree on the terrors of kamikaze attacks that destroyed nearby vessels. More frightening were typhoons during which everyone expected death for days on end, joining companion destroyers that sank with all hands. Between reminiscences, Olson writes a running account of the war and illuminates shipboard details readers need to know. His book is an impressive accomplishment, bringing vividly to life the actions of a single warship that fought across half the world during 1941–1945."—Publishers Weekly
                      
“[Tales from a Tin Can] describes the actions, hardships, and joys of a WWII destroyer as seen through the eyes of her crew. The author writes a mix of WWII Pacific History, entries from the ship’s Deck log, and a labyrinth of quotes and tales from the ships crewmembers … Tales from a Tin Can is a good read and an excellent overview of WWII in the Pacific.”  -Military Magazine             

Register –Pajaronian (CA), June 15, 2007

“Told through the narratives of 44 of the ship’s crew, this fascinating book captures not only the furious clashes with the Japanese but also the humdrum days in-between and the heart-stopping encounters with typhoons that could be as lethal as any engagement with the enemy. Anyone interested in stories from World War II will find this well-illustrated account of the naval campaign in the Pacific fascinating.”

 

Californian, June 2, 2007

“This new book’s eyewitness accounts of events aboard the destroyer will appeal to anyone interested in World War II. The 17 pages of black and white photos are an added plus and assist the reader in visualizing the ship and the men who share their memories on a ‘tin can.’”

WWII History, September 2007

“What was life like on a destroyer during World War II? Find out by reading Michael Keith Olson’s superb telling of tales of the war in the Pacific as seen from the deck of a very luck ‘tin can”… The son of a former Dale crewman, Olson interviewed 44 veterans and delved deeply into official documents to give this book the air of authenticity that puts the reader in the heart of the action.

 

“Tales from a Tin Can is the first oral history of one combat ship’s adventures, sometimes comic, sometimes mundane, sometimes heart wrenching, over the entire course of America’s involvement in the Pacific. An impressive accomplishment and highly recommended.”

Meet the Author

Michael Keith Olson is an agriculturalist and journalist. He consults on farm projects throughout the world, from the city of Watts to the jungles of the Amazon. Olson has produced, written, and photographed news for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner newspapers, NBC, ABC, the Australian Broadcast Commission, and KQED Public Television. His previous book, MetroFarm, is a guide for small-scale farming in the city. Olson is the executive producer and host of Food Chain, a syndicated radio talk show, and is currently president of the MO MultiMedia Group in Santa Cruz, California, where he lives with his family. Robert “Pat” Olson, his father, served on the USS Dale.

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