In Harm's Way: JFK, World War II, and the Heroic Rescue of PT 109

In Harm's Way: JFK, World War II, and the Heroic Rescue of PT 109

by Iain Martin


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A thrilling true survival story that follows one of America's most beloved presidents, John F. Kennedy, as he fought to save his crew after a deadly shipwreck in the Pacific during World War II.

In September 1941, young Jack Kennedy was appointed an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After completing training and eager to serve, he volunteered for combat duty in the Pacific and was appointed commander of PT 109.On August 2, 1943, Kennedy's PT 109 and two others were on a night mission to ambush an enemy supply convoy when they were surprised by a massive Japanese destroyer. The unsuspecting Americans had only seconds to react as the Japanese captain turned his ship to ram directly into Kennedy's. PT 109 was cut in half by the collision, killing two of Kennedy's 12 crewmen and wounding several others in the explosion.In Harm's Way tells the gripping story of what happened next as JFK fought to save his surviving crew members who found themselves adrift in enemy waters. Photographs round out the exciting narrative in the first book to cover this adventurous tale for young readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338185676
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 769,491
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Iain Martin graduated with an MA in American History from Southern Connecticut State University in 2000. He is the author of seven nonfiction books. Martin's most recent title (and his first book written for teens), Gettysburg: The True Account of Two Young Heroes in the Greatest Battle of the Civil War, was a 2013 VOYA pick for Best Nonfiction.

Table of Contents

Naval Ranks in World War II 6

Glossary of Naval Terms 7

Prologue 8

Part 1 I Want You! For The U.S. Navy

Chapter 1 A Fast Ship 13

Chapter 2 A Young Volunteer 27

Chapter 3 Torpedoes and Touch Football 37

Part 2 Combat in the Solomon Islands

Chapter 4 Into the Breach 47

Chapter 5 A Dangerous Paradise 51

Chapter 6 The Pt 109 59

Chapter 7 Training for War 67

Chapter 8 Into the Unknown 77

Chapter 9 The Tokyo Express 81

Part 3 Survival

Chapter 10 The Dark Valley 89

Chapter 11 The Coastwatcher 99

Chapter 12 Plum Pudding Island 111

Chapter 13 Adrift at Sea 119

Chapter 14 Scouting Olasana Island 133

Chapter 15 Contact 141

Chapter 16 Deliverance 157

Part 4 The Road Home

Chapter 17 Back into Action with PT 59 171

Chapter 18 The Costs of War 185

Chapter 19 Road to the White House 195

Epilogue 213

After The War 221

Author's Note 229

Recommended Reading 233

Sources 235

Photo Credits 241

Index 245

Acknowledgments 255

About The Author 256

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