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 Author John Wukovits
ISBN-10 0306824302
ISBN-13 9780306824302
Year 2017-03-14
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Da Capo Press
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An epic narrative of World War II naval action that brings to life the sailors and exploits of the war s most decorated destroyer squadronWhen 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

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