An epic narrative of World War II naval action that brings to life the sailors and exploits of the war's most decorated destroyer squadronand winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature
When Admiral William Halsey selected Destroyer Squadron 21 (Desron 21) to lead his victorious ships into Tokyo Bay to accept the Japanese surrender, it was the most battle-hardened US naval squadron of the war.
But it was not the squadron of ships that had accumulated such an inspiring resume; it was the people serving aboard them. Sailors, not metallic superstructures and hulls, had won the battles and become the stuff of legend. Men like Commander Donald MacDonald, skipper of the USS O'Bannon, who became the most decorated naval officer of the Pacific war; Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who survived his ship's sinking and waged a one-man battle against the enemy while stranded on a Japanese-occupied island; and Doctor Dow "Doc" Ransom, the beloved physician of the USS La Vallette, who combined a mixture of humor and medical expertise to treat his patients at sea, epitomize the sacrifices made by all the men and women of World War II.
Through diaries, personal interviews with survivors, and letters written to and by the crews during the war, preeminent historian of the Pacific theater John Wukovits brings to life the human story of the squadron and its men who bested the Japanese in the Pacific and helped take the war to Tokyo.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.00(d)|
About the Author
John Wukovits is a military expert specializing in the Pacific theater of World War II. He is the author of many books, including Hell from the Heavens, For Crew and Country, One Square Mile of Hell, and Pacific Alamo. He has also written numerous articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, and World War II. He lives in Michigan.
Table of Contents
Map 1 Desron 21 in the Solomons ix
Map 2 Desron 21 in the Pacific x
Part I Origins of a Squadron
Chapter 1 The Destroyers Go to War 7
Chapter 2 Initiation at Guadalcanal 25
Chapter 3 Naval Slugfest off Guadalcanal 48
Part II Desron 21 Holds the Line in the South Pacific
Chapter 4 Blunting the Tokyo Express 73
Chapter 5 Birth of a Squadron 92
Chapter 6 Struggle for the Slot 116
Chapter 7 Kula Gulf Confrontations 136
Part III Desron 21 Sweeps to Victory
Chapter 8 Climbing the New Guinea Ladder 165
Chapter 9 The Philippine Whirlwind 184
Chapter 10 Kamikaze Carnage 206
Chapter 11 Eyewitness to Victory 223
Appendix I Battle Stars Awarded 245
Appendix II Location of Ships at War's End 251
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great read about the Navy destroyers. One f the best naval books about WWII that I have read.