Manned almost entirely by reservists, the USS Abercrombie (DE343) and her sister ships did the dirty work of the Pacific War. They escorted convoys, chased submarines, picked up downed pilots, and led the landing craft to the invasion beaches, yet they received little credit and less glory. This book is a stirring tribute to their heroic efforts, written by a naval officer who served in the Abercrombie during the war and later became a best-selling author. First published in 1984, it has long been acclaimed for presenting a view of the navy as the sailors actually saw it--the joys and pains, the humor and gravity, the successes and defeats.
Ed Stafford provides an authentic, day-by-day account of life on board DE343, from the Battle of Leyte Gulf and picket duty against kamikazes at Okinawa to the signing of the peace treaty in Tokyo Harbor. To create an accurate picture he consulted ship logs and after-action reports and interviewed members of the crew. Although the book focuses on events in a particular warship, it tells the story of every small ship and their valiant crews that rose to the challenge and fought with everything they had until the war was won.
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
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About the Author
CDR. Edward Peary Stafford, USN (Ret.) (1918–2013) was a naval aviator. He wrote for Naval History and Proceedings, as well as for National Geographic. He is best known for The Big E and four other books on naval history: Subchaser; Little Ship, Big War; The Saga of DE-343, and The Far and the Deep.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My naval service was but 8 years. I enlisted in 1985 as a Hospital Corpsman. My first tour was at Bethesda Emergency Dept. where I met Adm Arleigh Burke a few times. My sea daddy sent me to the fleet. I was in Harry E Yarnell, CG 17. 1200 psi steam plant. Got ESWS on her and switched to the Green Side. After my Combat tour with Task Force Ripper as a Second Class I got out. I love to read. Suprisingly this was a great read. You can feel the deck under your feet as they go to flank speed. You can smell the gunpowder as they fire w 5 inch 38, 40 and 20 mike mike as the divine wind boys try to kill them. It is amazing that most of the crew were reservists. They take you from an ugly orange hull in the Sevine River , and follow the Ship to San Diego after the war. For todays sailors who do not know the basic steam cycle...it is a must read.
I thought that this book was very good. I liked how Mr. Stafford took me through the beginning of the ship through to the end of the war. He used his own expereances aboard the ship to tell some very good stories. Some of the stories were entertaining. I would recommend this book to everyone and hope that they liked it too.