Road to Korea

Road to Korea

by Bob Greenkorn

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ISBN-13: 9781257487738
Publication date: 06/15/2011
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 762 KB

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Road to Korea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CAPT-BK-USN-Ret More than 1 year ago
This is light and captivating read especially for those of us who were members of "Holloways's Hoolegans." The Fying Midshipmen were a unique group of about 3,000 young men who underwent Naval Flight Training from 1946 through 1950 under a plan conceived by RADM James L. Holloway Jr. then Chief of Naval Personnel. Bob's book is a trip down memory lane for those Aviation Midshipmen who served our country from 1945 through the Korean War. He describes his college, pre-flight, athletic, squadron and combt experiences with a style that holds the readers interest and attention. His description of the exciting combat patrols he flew with VP-6 in support of the Korean War effort is fascinating. Bob's account of being shot down by the North Koreans, ditching in the Yellow Sea and subsequent rescue by the Royal Navy is the highlight of his short naval career. His descriptive writing style and attention to detail make this a must read for anyone interested in this vital chapter in the history of naval aviation.
swmck More than 1 year ago
This book should appeal to a diverse audience with a wide range of interests. On one level it provides a rather detailed description of the routines and rigors of the training and experiences of becoming a naval aviator. (Greenkorn sets the reader straight at the outset that the Navy doesn't have pilots, navigators, etc. Instead the Navy flyer does it all with the title of aviator.) On another, it provides a personal up-front view of the Korean Conflict and the worries and concerns for friends and self; especially after having been shot down and ditching in the Yellow Sea. And on an entirely different level, it shows that life can also be a lot of fun when you're a young single naval officer in places like Honolulu and San Francisco. It's all presented in an easy-to-read conversational style which finds you arriving at the last page too soon.
rmantz More than 1 year ago
Bob Greenkorn's book, "Road to Korea." is not just another historical accounting of the "forgotten war." Rather, it is a captivating chronicle of his early Navy career and events leading up to and including his involvement in this war. Bob has covered important aspects of his time in the Navy from enlistment in the NACP "Holloway Plan," four semesters of college at the University of Wisconsin, Pre-Flight as a member of Class 7-48, basic and then advanced flight training in PB4Y-2's, recognition of his attainment of outstanding naval aviation student of the year, his athletic endeavors while in college and training, assignment to the "Blue Sharks" of Patrol Squadron SIX (VP-6) at Whidbey Island, Barbers Point, and Japan flying P2V-2's and 3's. Perhaps most fascinating is his account of the squadron being pressed into combat operations early in the Korean War. The squadron soon became involved in the "shooting war" over North and South Korea, a rarity for a patrol squadron. This ultimately led to his shoot down and ditching in the Yellow Sea. A great read, Bob's book is important not just to historians, but to all who would enjoy reading a personal perspective of this important period in history.
dfroot More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I have read in recent years - - and I read a lot. The main reason is that it resonated with me on a personal level in many ways. It is also a skillfully crafted autobiographical account of a once-in-lifetime adventure. I found the tension and suspension very gripping as the author’s experience unfolded. At such a young age, the intense specialized training and repeated exposure to life threatening actions had to leave deeply etched indelible marks on memory. An almost surrealistic feature of the overall experience is how simple, casual interludes such as partying and athletics were interspersed with episodes of extreme danger. These periodic “escapes” must have been necessary to preserve sanity. The young age may have helped. I was struck by the author’s sardonic sense of humor. The wry comments on military procedures and logic could be extended to the workings of bureaucracies in all walks of life, especially all levels of government. The adventure that is intensely and sensitively portrayed in this book would make an outstanding movie. It is a war story, of course, and yet it isn’t. We already have too many war movies. The focus here is on the human experience of a single individual who found a way to cope with the insanity of war - - an experience that many individuals have had in dealing with other high stress conditions of life.