Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine

Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine

by Richard O'Kane
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Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine by Richard O'Kane

The USS Wahoo's performance in sinking Japanese ships in the farthest reaches of the empire is legendary.

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ISBN-13: 9780891415725
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1996
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 364,173
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Richard O'Kane was acknowledged as the top submarine skipper of World War II. His personal decorations include three Navy Crosses and the Congressional Medal of Honor. He retired as a rear admiral from his command of the Submarine School, rounding out twenty years with the boats. He was the author of Clear the Bridge!: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang and Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous WWII Submarine.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The patrols of the US Submarine "Wahoo" as told by her executive officer. After a rocky start with a timid commander, Dudley "Mush" Morton became her skipper and with Dick O'Kane as executive officer the boat became legendary for finding and sinking Japanese shipping during WWII. O'KANE has a writing style that is easy to read and he captures the essence of life aboard a submarine very well. The last two patrols were written based on research by the author because he was transferred to a new sub which he commanded. A great book if you like submarines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, there was too much redundancy in describing how one takes navigational readings & commands in order to fire torpedoes during an attack; I just felt the author did'nt have enough material to make an interesting read and filled pages with repetitive statements. With that said, let me also add that I respect the author, all those he served with and all who have served this country; they all deserve our highest gratitude & reverence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With a writing style that is difficult to put down, Dick O'Kane brings all the realities of WW II submarine warfare to life. I could smell the fumes of all that machinary and humanity crammed into such a confined environment. I felt each torpedo head on its way and feel the frustration of the crew when they realized many of their deadly weapons turned dudly. It is almost as if I were in the conning tower, feeling the tension of combat. An outstanding read and tribute to the 2% of the navy that was responsible for nearly 60% of sunken Japanese shipping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and it wasnt boring. If I were you I would read the Tang, also by O'KANE?
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Angie Heilman More than 1 year ago
A great memoir by the grand master himself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the companion book to 'Clear The Bridge', also by Dick O'Kane. O'Kane is an excellent writer, and captures the essence of life, and war, aboard a US WWII submarine. In 'Wahoo' you get the perspective from the point of view of the Executive Officer (2nd in command), under multiple Captains. The book is written like you're O'Kane's best friend and have come along for the trip. O'Kane was given his own command - the USS Tang - later on in the war. The story doesn't end with the end of this book, but continues on in 'Clear The Bridge'. I have to say that 'Wahoo' is the second-best sub warfare book I've ever read (and I pretty much have them all), only because I like 'Clear The Bridge' a *tiny* bit better. Read them both, and you won't have to choose! There is some irony in the stories of both these ships, though. Both were lost on patrol from the same cause: A faulty torpedo circling back to hit the sub it was fired from......
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first WWII book I read. I found it fascinating, informative and a great story. I finished the book feeling like I knew the crew, the skipper ('Mush' Morton') and the author Richard Kane. The problems with the torpedoes is a problem spoken of in other WWII submarine books I subsequently read. To be in the middle of a large ocean, to fire your torpedo and watch it come back at you must have been terrible. This book puts the reader's eye square on the periscope. Read and enjoy, I urge it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who here watched UVA beat Pitt at home??? What a game!!! Buzzer-beater by Malcolm Brogdon!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Wahoos!!!!!!!!!!