Tin Can Titans: The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II's Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron

Tin Can Titans: The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II's Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron

by John Wukovits

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Tin Can Titans: The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II's Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron by John Wukovits

An epic narrative of World War II naval action that brings to life the sailors and exploits of the war's most decorated destroyer squadron

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306824319
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 38,121
File size: 44 MB
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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

Preface xi

Part I Origins of a Squadron

Prologue 3

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

Epilogue 235

Chronology 243

Appendix I Battle Stars Awarded 245

Appendix II Location of Ships at War's End 251

Notes 253

Bibliography 275

Index 303

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Tin Can Titans: The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II's Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read about the Navy destroyers. One f the best naval books about WWII that I have read.