The Original Tomcat: A Fletcher Destroyer Goes to War

The Original Tomcat: A Fletcher Destroyer Goes to War

by Jackson Sellers

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ISBN-13: 9781465320742
Publisher: Xlibris US
Publication date: 05/24/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,005,505
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

A Texas native and longtime student of Old West lore, Don Lipman indulged his fascination with gunfighters such as William Bonney, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok, to name but a few. After forty-plus years as a newspaper reporter and editor, he retired from the Los Angeles Times and wrote western novels in Scottsdale, Arizona. His first was Easter Sunday in which Billy the Kid plays a role. Lipman died in 2003 at age 73. His second western, British Bart, through which Wyatt Earp strolls, is published here posthumously. ----------- For Web Don Lipman, a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 40 years, was born in Jefferson, Texas, in 1930, grew up there and attended North Texas State College in Denton, graduating in 1952, just in time to get drafted for Korean War service. After separation from the Army in 1954, Lipman worked in various capacities on newspapers in Texas, Louisiana, Oregon, Kentucky and California. He retired from the Los Angeles Times in 1992 after more than 20 years as an Orange County city editor, copy editor and makeup editor. After retirement, he and his wife Jerelaine moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he settled down to write books. He was a student of Old West lore and was fascinated by gunfighters such as William Bonney, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok, to name but a few. In his first western, Easter Sunday, Billy the Kid plays a role. His second western, British Bart, features Wyatt Earp as a prominent character. Lipman died in 2003 at age 73. He is survived by his wife Jerelaine of Irvine, Calif., his daughter Linda of Newport Beach, Calif., his daughter Kay of Brussels, Belgium, and two grandchildren, Lily and Sascha, also of Brussels.

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The Original Tomcat 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I served on a vintage WW11 destroyer and while not a Fletcher Class this book brought back a lot of memories. I thouroughly enjoyed it despite the grammatical errors. the book held my interest thruout.I was relieved that I wasn't the only seventy year old with memory problems and had a hard time recalling my two years during the Cold War period, never mind the second world war.The saga of this ship illustrated the life of any Destroyer and it's mission and eventual fate. While my two years had it's up's and downs, the bond between a sailor and his ship is hard to explain to someone who has not gone thru the same thing and this book reinforces that feeling. I always tried to imagine what it was like to be on a ship during during this hot war and this book provides a glimpse of the Greatest Generation and their sacrifices even tho this particular ship was among the lucky ones that stayed out of harm's way but persevered and came home. Highly recommended to any one who has served on a destroyer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining read for WWII fans. Don't expect a lot of action. It is about an unremarkable ship during a remarkable war. If you are troubled by typo's, don't buy this book. It is self published, and even though the author is a professional writer, it is filled with typographical errors, often several in one sentence. Sellers should have a good editor go through it for him and come publish a revised edition.