Undersea Warrior: The World War II Story of

Undersea Warrior: The World War II Story of "Mush" Morton and the USS Wahoo

by Don Keith


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451238108
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 840,362
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Don Keith is the award-winning author of War Beneath the Waves, The Ship That Wouldn’t Die, Undersea Warrior, In the Course of Duty, The Ice Diaries, and other nonfiction works on American naval heroism. He is also the coauthor, with George Wallace, of the submarine thrillers Final Bearing and Firing Point.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 Pinky and Mush 13

Chapter 2 A Mind of His Own 18

Chapter 3 Ice Cream and Sailor Suits 28

Chapter 4 The New Fleet Boat 45

Chapter 5 Ingredients in the Stew 52

Chapter 6 The Ineffective Fleet 63

Chapter 7 Opportunities to Attack 71

Chapter 8 Wahoo's Fiasco 86

Chapter 9 "If the Skipper Wakes Up …" 99

Chapter 10 Reciprocal! 108

Chapter 11 The Wrong Ball 118

Chapter 12 Relieved 128

Chapter 13 Pinups and "Sonza Bitches" 136

Chapter 14 The Definition of "Reconnaissance" 147

Chapter 15 Like Ants Off a Hot Plate 161

Chapter 16 "New Epic of Submarine Warfare" 174

Chapter 17 Clean Sweep 184

Chapter 18 The Smoky Maru 192

Chapter 19 One-boat Wolf Pack 204

Chapter 20 Sucker Punch 216

Chapter 21 The Thud of a Dud 224

Chapter 22 Errol Flynn and Cary Grant 236

Chapter 23 Damn the Torpedoes 246

Chapter 24 "He Wants Wahoo the Worst" 254

Chapter 25 On Eternal Patrol 263

Epilogue 277

Authors Notes 291

Appendix 297

Index 313

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Praise for Don Keith's works of Military History

“Riveting….[Keith] writes in an engaging you-are-there style calculated to bring the reader to the edge of his seat.”—Mobile Press-Register “Keith will inform and please both the rank newcomer to the subject and the well-read expert.”—Booklist

“Breathes life into the heroic submarine’s Pacific saga…gripping.”—John Wukovits, Author of American Commando and Eisenhower

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Undersea Warrior 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
wandererDE More than 1 year ago
This is not a Samuel Ellison Morison-like treatise on the effect of American submarines on Japanese shipping in the WW II Pacific Ocean. It does not delve into the differences of command technique between Ralph Cristie and Charles Lockwood. It is about an imperfect man with many character faults, a true extrovert that has been described by some as a "bully" who was ushered into a position of focusing his brash aggressive nature toward commanding a submarine to extraordinary heights of aggression using a crew who truly loved their commander as a leader extraordinaire. The only weak part of this book is the writing regarding strategy and tactics of US Pacific fleet command. That can be forgiven, but oh what a book this could have been had the author teamed up with a true Naval historian. Nevertheless, this is a five star production IMHO.
KYBOY1 More than 1 year ago
Undersea Warrior was a good read. It gave a good insight into the lives of the submariners during WWII. Easy to read and actually light at times although you were drawn into the close knit lives under the sea. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it. Matt Bowling, Rockledge, Fl.
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Sooooo cool
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This is a must read for anyone that served on submarines.
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