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Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780802143372
Author(s): Bob Drury
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Publisher: Grove Press
Dimensions: 147 x 209 x 24 (w x l x h)
Pages: 325

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In December 1944, Admiral William "Bull" Halsey was America's most popular and colorful naval hero. While supporting General Douglas MacArthur's famous "I Shall Return" invasion of the Philippines, he unwittingly sailed his undefeated Pacific Fleet into the teeth of the most powerful storm on earth. The typhoon left a previously invincible fleet devastated, inflicting more damage and loss of life than the Battle of Midway. Stunned Navy brass suppressed the scope of the disaster so as not to endanger the American advance on Tokyo, and Halsey never spoke about the ensuing Court of Inquiry. Only now, thanks to documents that have been declassified after sixty years and dozens of firsthand accounts from survivors—including one by former president Gerald Ford—can the tragic yet heroic story of Halsey's Typhoon finally be told. Smashed and battered by waves and wind, Halsey's Third Fleet fought desperately to stay afloat. Dozens of ships were damaged and three—the destroyers USS Hull, USS Monaghan, and USS Spence—absorbed so much punishment that they capsized. Nearly nine hundred sailors and officers were hurled into the ocean or trapped belowdecks. Most of these men, who were teenagers or in their early twenties, found themselves struggling to keep their heads above the frothing seventy-foot waves in the deepest shark-infested wat
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