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Shipmates Shipmates: The Men of Lcs 52 in World War II the Men of Lcs 52 in World War II

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781476666877
Author(s): Gary Burns
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Dimensions: 178 x 0 x 254 (w x l x h)
Pages: 272

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In the late months of 1944, seventy-one men climbed aboard a runt of a ship only one-hundred-fifty-feet long and twenty-three feet wide, and headed toward the sound of gunfire. The ship carried an arsenal of weapons equal to those of ships twice its height and weight. Its shallow draft made it capable of maneuvering to within a few feet of any Pacific island beach. It was unique to all other crafts and earned its title of 'gunboat' and fell in among the ranks of its sisters known as 'Mighty Midgets.' To the U.S. marines and soldiers landing on Japanese held islands in that final year of World War II, it became a guardian angel. Packed tight within the bulkheads of the tiny craft was a crew of men, diverse and contrasting, who would, over the course of the next several months, become as close as brothers. They came from every occupation: farmers, students, wagon loaders, cooks, teachers, and many more. They ranged from the very young at seventeen to the very noticeable middle-agers. They were black, white and brown; first-generation Americans and grandsons of western pioneers.
A few had already seen combat in the Atlantic and the Pacific, while some only knew violence from watching a calf being born. But the ship made them all the same; she treated them with total disregard for their indiscretions, their flaws, their color and their religions. She kept them alive and they reciprocat Please click here to ask a question
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