Liberty's War: An Engineer's Memoir of the Merchant Marine, 1942-1945

Liberty's War: An Engineer's Memoir of the Merchant Marine, 1942-1945

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ISBN-13: 9781591146407
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 348,459
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Herman Melton (1920-2013) was a World War II veteran of both the Murmansk and Pacific convoys.


Will Melton, son of the author, retired in 2015 after forty years as a public relations officer and fund-raiser for schools, colleges, and scientific research organizations. His lifelong interest in military history was inspired by family trips as a boy to battlefields and history museums.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Editors Note xi

1 War Clouds 1

2 Plebe Year 5

3 Destination Russia: SS Cornelius Harnett 16

4 Convoy HX-220: First Atlantic Crossing 23

5 Convoy JW-52: The Murmansk Run 29

6 Life in the Bull's-Eye 41

7 The Treacherous Voyage of Convoy RA-53 54

8 Arctic Warriors 67

9 A Foolish Cadet Stunt 85

10 Convoy ONS-174: Homeward Bound 89

11 Kings Point Upperclassman 97

12 A Wartime Wedding at the Academy 106

13 Across the Pacific for General MacArthur 114

14 The Sinking of the Antoine Saugrain 127

15 Marooned on Leyte 147

16 Witness to Annihilation 172

17 Peace and Postwar Reentry 192

Epilogue 197

Appendix 1 Men of the Cornelius Harnett, April 1943 203

Appendix 2 Captain A. Van Cromphaut's Report of the Attack on the Antoine Saugrain 205

Appendix 3 Men of the Antoine Saugrain, December 1944 208

Notes 211

Bibliography 223

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