Don Green's Story: A Sailor from the USS Pyro (AE-1) Remembers Pearl Harbor

Don Green's Story: A Sailor from the USS Pyro (AE-1) Remembers Pearl Harbor

by Elizabeth Case

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Don Green's Story: A Sailor from the USS Pyro (AE-1) Remembers Pearl Harbor by Elizabeth Case, William Tipton

On December 7, 1941 Don Green was a 19-year-old sailor on the ammunition ship USS Pyro (AE-1), anchored in Pearl Harbor's West Loch. The ship was loaded with thousands of rounds of 14- and 16-inch shells and powder canisters, awaiting delivery to the nearby battleships. When the bombings began that morning, less than half of the Pyro's crew was on board, but she still managed to return fire. Don himself was part of a team manning a .50-caliber anti-aircraft gun. Tow Japanese planes targeted the Pyro and strafed her with bullets; one did a roundabout and flew low to the ship, dropping a bomb. But the plane swerved just as it released its payload, and the bomb instead hit the pier next to the Pyro "...and blew it to smithereens!" remembered Don. The ship's high-explosive cargo, and that aboard nearby barges and boxcars, was untouched. This was Don's most memorable event of World War II, but not the only one; this memoir is his lasting legacy for WWII history.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016446820
Publisher: Elizabeth Case
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 70
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Case is a writer who lives in Belfair, Washington. She worked for the Belfair Herald newspaper for 19 years, first as a free-lance reporter and later as a reporter and office manager. She first met Don Green when he came into the Herald office, hoping she could do an article about his experiences; he well knew how little-known the story of the Pyro was and wanted it preserved. This has now this has been accomplished.

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Don Green's Story: A Sailor from the USS Pyro (AE-1) Remembers Pearl Harbor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DIYBlonde More than 1 year ago
I served on the USS Pyro AE-24 from the late 80s to the early 90s. I'm active with the USS Pyro AE-1 & AE-24 Association (Membership Chair) and attend the annual reunions. I had the honor of meeting Edward W. Stone (a Pearl Harbor Survivor from the AE-1 & served with Don) at the 2013 reunion in Seattle. I heard many stories of he & Don over just a few short sittings. I bought this book last year - It created many plenty of tears, yet many smiles. What an amazing job he did with 'his story'! Many thank you's to Ms. Case for making this possible and bless her for getting the draft to Don, just 10 days before he died.Highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set himself on fire and started training. He let his pokemon out of their pokeballs and trained them