Clear the Bridge!: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang

Clear the Bridge!: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang

by Richard O'Kane
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Clear the Bridge!: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang by Richard O'Kane

Tang carried the war to the enemy with unparalleled ferocity. This is her story as told by her skipper.

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ISBN-13: 9780307874283
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/06/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 147,896
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Richard O'Kane was acknowledged as the top submarine skipper of World War II. His personal decorations include three Navy Crosses and the Congressional Medal of Honor. He retired as a rear admiral from his command of the Submarine School, rounding out twenty years with the boats. He was the author of Clear the Bridge!: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang and Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous WWII Submarine.

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Clear the Bridge!: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got started reading sub warfare books as a kid with a copy of 'Run Silent, Run Deep' in a Readers' Digest Condensed Books volume my Grandmother had. After having collected just about every sub warfare book there is, I have to say that O'Kane's 'Clear The Bridge' is absolutely the best one that has ever been written. I have an old paperback copy of this title that is rapidly disintegrating. I think it has more tape and rubber bands holding it together than it has paper. This is how often I've read it! The writing is done very, very well. O'Kane's long experience in writing patrol reports shows through. While reading this book, you feel like you are part of the crew of the Tang, but with an insight into the Captain's mind - almost like you're his best friend going along with him. If you want to know what it was like to be part of the crew of a WWII US submarine, read O'Kane's other title 'Wahoo' (where he was the Executive Officer). If you want to know what it was like to command a WWII sub, read 'Clear The Bridge'! In fact, read 'Wahoo' first, and then 'Clear The Bridge' as the two of them cover most of the sub war in the Pacific. I'm so happy to see that this book is back in print. I was beginning to dispair over finding a replacement copy for my worn out one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book only because my Uncle Myerle was aboard this sub. This man has been a big and wonderful part of my life and I used to sit and listen to the stories he told of his life on the U.S.S Tang and then the capture which I know now must of been hard for him to talk about, but he did for me a young little girl who held him in her heart as a hero, I am so very proud of the man he has been, through all that he has been through he is still loving, kind and always has words of love, but I know that he will never forget what life was really like during the war and he will never hold a grudge, this is why I feel that you should read this book, it is about love and forgiveness, He has never said a bad word against the 'enemy' He has always had good words. This book is about life, about surviving,about making each other laugh, about making peace with each other, about just forgiving and that is what my Uncle Myerle has done. Not once have I ever heard him make one bad remark about the 'enemy' Now to me that is LOVE and that is what life is about.
WritermomHB More than 1 year ago
“Brave, courageous and bold,” fits the description of all submariners, but particularly those of WWII, and those who served on the USS Tang. This book, written by its Captain, tells of the patrols of the USS Tang as she defended our country in WWII in the Pacific. RAdm. Richard O’Kane, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, not only shares very specific details of each patrol, but also illustrates the mindset and thoughts of those submariners who served on the Tang. If you only read one book about submarine warfare in WWII, this is the one to read. RAdm. O’Kane identifies, in my opinion, the nature of the submariner with this sentence: “We had each requested submarine duty, as have all submariners, and by that very request had probably, though unwittingly, marked ourselves as candidates for that category of men who would likely put aside human and humane considerations of an enemy in carrying out attacks.” I was very enlightened with some of the details of these missions, particularly with what went wrong. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in this subject.
ChuckLaBee More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent sub story. Gripping action. Certainly entertaining. And you always learn stuff from these books. This one covers things from a Captain's perspective. The guy was ballsy, that's for sure: Like sailing right into the middle of a convoy in a surfaced night attack, with destroyers all around - and sinking multiple ships, then escaping in the confusion! Certainly deserved his many medals. Interesting ending makes it different from most other sub books. (I'll leave it at that and not give anything away.) Of the half-dozen I've read so far, I like Gene Fluckey's "Thunder Below" the best. But this one is up near the top of the genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the end, the Tang sinks. However, the person the story is told from survives and is rescued.This was a lot like the other book by this author, the Wahoo. I would reccomend both books but be warned tha at the end of the Wahoo, the Wahoo sinks.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am about half way through this book. Admiral O'kane tells it like it was! I am really enjoying it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read about WW II submarines. The war patrols of Dick O'Kane and the Tang were second to none. The only disappointing thing about Dick O'Kane's writing is that he has too much sub lingo regarding the operation of the engines, dives, plotting courses, etc. Only a submariner would understand that jargon and it was not necessary to include it unless he did so for the benefit of other submariners. Nevertheless, it is a must read if you are a WW II submarine fan like I am.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor men that never made it out
mjlang More than 1 year ago
You can't write fiction this good and there was a group of guys who lived it. Adm O'Kane was a stud he writes a recount of his combat missions that is factual. There is a reason he got the Medal of Honor...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As aformer submarine sailor i can only say this is one accurate account of the submarine Navy.Very exciting very hard to put this book down.RAdm, O'Kane does 'THE SERVICE' a true service