Among submariners in World War II, Dudley "Mush" Morton stood out as a warrior without peer. At the helm of the USS Wahoo he completely changed the way the sea war was fought in the Pacific. He would relentlessly attack the Japanese at every opportunity, going through his supply of torpedoes in record time on every patrol. In only nine months, he racked up an astounding list of achievements, including being the first American skipper to wipe out an entire enemy convoy single-handedly.
Here, for the first time, is the life and legend of a heroic, dynamic, and ultimately divisive submarine commander who fought the war on his own terms, and refused to do so any other way.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of Contents
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
Authors Notes 291
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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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
This is a must read for anyone that served on submarines.