Condition Red: Destroyer Action in the South Pacific

They fulfilled a variety of roles, from escorting convoys and guarding Task Forces, to bombing enemy shorelines and providing much needed supplies to the army and marines fighting on the islands. There are few accounts that better document naval warfare during the Second World War. His citation reads: "when his ship was subjected to repeated bombing and strafing attacks by enemy dive bombers at very close range, Commander Bell.

. His books room to swing a cat, a history of the early American navy, and Condition Red were published in 1938 and 1943 respectively. Condition Red. As we passed hutchinson reef the loud-speaker in the pilot house blared forth with “Condition Red over Guadalcanal. Immediately following the engagement and during the night, he conducted a search for lost planes, taking his ship into enemy waters and away from the protection of friendly forces.

Directed the fire of his battery with outstanding efficiency, destroying at least two Japanese dive bombers and damaging others. Tales of himself and the men, alone and in group action, of shore landings, of successive South Pacific engagements, of the function of destroyers, of early difficulties of poor charting, of periods without sleep, of ‘coconut shoots’ and many a ding dong with the enemy.

Kirkus reviewsthe valor that bell demonstrated during the battle of ontong Java in August 1942 earned him the Medal of Honor, and later during USS Grayson’s operations at Guadalcanal in February 1943 he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy

He analyses the role of pt boats in some of the major sea battles in the Pacific, through to their involvement in the Mediterranean, opening with Pearl Harbor, the D-Day operations in the English Channel as well as the Solomons campaign and the conquest of New Guinea. They played their part with zest in the far reaching, powerful Navy team.

As a result he produced a shipshape manuscript. Rear admiral Ernest McNeill EllerRobert J. Bulkley, a retired usnr captain now deceased, commanded PT boats in the southwest Pacific, mostly in New Guinea and the Philippines, from June 1942 to the war's end. The widest use of the sea, integrated fully into our national strength, is as important to America in the age of nuclear power and space travel as in those stirring days of the birth of the Republic.

President john f kennedy“An invaluable history of WWII PT-Boat operations worldwide. Pacific wrecks“this thorough and objective account of the operations of PT boats in the U. S. He gave to the research into the records, into the memories of other participants, and to the writing itself the same zest. The thorough and competent account herein of over-all PT boat operations in World War II, a distinguished PT boat commander, compiled by Captain Robert Bulkley, should therefore prove of wide interest.

Kennedy commanded in the pacific theater in WWII, popular interest in PT boats has grown substantially since they first emerged as brilliant boats in naval engagements throughout the war. Bulkley provides a detailed account of the origins and history of PT boats, from the part they played in WWI to the improvements and developments made to their design prior to WWII.

Sink 'Em All: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific

Navy submarine operations in the Pacific by the flag officer responsible for their direction throughout the war. He devised tactics for the effective use of submarines, making the members and elements of "silent service" key players in the Pacific victory. This is a book of substantial importance. It is that sort of book-written by a prime authority who holds strong opinions and is not afraid to air them; whose treatment is always suggestive and strikes sparks in every chapter.

The naval reviewsink ’em all, was originally published in 1951 by Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, in his leadership role, knew the skippers and crews of the submarines, and retells their wartime successes and tragedies with an intimacy and realism often missing in second-hand accounts. Navy commander of the Pacific submarine fleet during World War II.

Lockwood also recounts his efforts to improve the provisions and after-patrol accomodations of the submariners, and of his on-going struggle to improve the effectiveness of torpedoes and other tools vital to the war effort. It is a balanced and surprisingly objective account adequately supported by statistics and containing some interesting conclusions.

The naval reviewcharles andrews lockwood may 6, 1890 – June 7, 1967 was a vice-admiral and flag officer of the United States Navy. Lockwood, the U. S. Here is an account of U.

U.S.S. Seawolf: Submarine Raider of the Pacific

The narrow passageways were suddenly filled with men and then as suddenly cleared as each man fitted into his assigned position. The uss seawolf was one of the greatest submarine raiders of all time. Having narrowly avoided the attack on Pearl Harbor the Seawolf set out for the seas of the Pacific to wreak havoc on Japanese shipping.

Joseph melvin eckberg was on the Seawolf from her maiden voyage and remained with her until January 1943. Aaaap! aaaap! The battle-station alarm blared through the boat. As chief radioman he was instrumental in assisting Captain Frederick Warder to find and destroy enemy targets. From the claustrophobia of being trapped under water and the overwhelming fear of depth charges to the joys of aiding the war-effort and the camaraderie on the ship, told to the authors Gerold Frank and James Horan, Eckberg’s account, gives remarkable insight into submarine warfare of the Second World War.

It is a narrative straight as a sword, from which emerges the story of how that happy marriage of courage and skill was achieved which made our submarines more than any other group the fleet that won the war. The saturday Review, Fletcher Pratt. The successes of the Seawolf bear testimony to the effectiveness of single-purposeness and teamwork.

Jonas H. Frank went on to become a prominent ghostwriter and passed away in 1998. Seawolf: submarine Raider of the Pacific was first published in 1945.

Harm's Way

It starred john Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda. During world war ii, james bassett was a staff officer intimately associated with the late Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, and handled his press relations from the Guadalcanal campaign to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. It culminates in a brilliant sea battle off the coast of the strategic island of Levu-Vana where the fate of the Pacific conflict hangs in the balance.

In both, smaller and larger, Torrey must battle not only with the Japanese but also with his nominal superior who has political friends. Although he won the bronze star with combat clasp, he is proudest of this inscription on a photograph of the famed “Wild Bull”: “To Jim Bassett, tried wartime comrade, shipmate and friend.

Harm’s way drew greatly upon his wartime experiences and was published in 1962. I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way. John paul Jones, USN. The year is 1941. The japanese have struck a mighty blow against America at Pearl Harbor. In its aftermath america has begun its struggle with Japan for control of the Pacific Ocean.

Captain rockwell torrey, commanding officer of the heavy cruiser Old Swayback, USN, is sent out on a search-and-destroy mission against their foes. This is no simple mission as Japanese submarines lurk in the murky depths and threaten to destroy Torrey’s task force at every opportunity.

Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-505

Gallery was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. The first-hand story of Uncle Sam’s U-Boat killers. Chicago daily news“the only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril. Twenty million tons under the Sea was originally published in 1956 and he passed away in 1977. He saw extensive action during World War II, fighting U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic.

A highly readable book, trimmed from stem to stern with the writer’s irrepressible sense of humor. Chicago Sunday TimesDaniel V. Pungent, entertaining, informative. Navy times“A humdinger of a sea story. Winston churchillgerman U-Boats were causing havoc for the Allied fleets across the oceans of the world.

The battle of the atlantic had been ongoing since the beginning of the war and the Royal Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping were taking heavy casualties against these underwater terrors. The u-505 had been launched on 25 May 1941. Over the next three years she went on to sink a total of eight ships.

But the upper hand that once had been held by U-Boats was beginning to weaken and tide began to turn in favor of the Allied navies.

Attack Transport: The Story Of The U.S.S. Doyen

Marsden served on the U. S. S. His book attack transport: the story of The USS Doyen was first published in 1946 and he passed away in 2005. Doyen from may 1944 through to the end of the war, Leyte Gulf, and was involved in the landings at Saipan, Guam, Luzon and Iwo Jima. Navy, former commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet.

This book is perfect for readers who wish to learn more about these fascinating boats, the men who fought aboard them and the impact that they made throughout the war. Lieutenant Commander Lawrence A. Between assaults, on long and dreary voyages they carry out to distant bases replacement and service troops and freight, and carry back to home ports our casualties and essential war materials.

Doyen was one such attack transport that served with honor and made its contribution felt through the course of the war. Lawrence marsden’s fascinating history of this ship uncovers the action of the Doyen from commissioning through to her last operation in World War Two and of course exposes the lives of the men who sailed her through treacherous waters to do their duty.

This book provides brilliant insight into the pacific war as it was seen from one small unit in the fleet as they were involved in some of the most important operations of that front, including the invasions of Kiska, Guam, Kwajalein, Leyte, Saipan, Tarawa, Lingayen Gulf and Iwo Jima. In war, transports seldom rest.

. Not because they could defeat the japanese on their own but because they carried in their hulls the war’s one essential combat element: the troops that fought on the ground.

War in the South Pacific: Out in the Boondocks, U.S. Marines Tell Their Stories

They had what it takes. Albert schmid who was awarded the Navy Cross for his single-handed destruction of a flanking attack while on Guadalcanal. Bullets slapped the water and whined as they ricocheted off the barge. The war in the south pacific was first published in 1943 as Out in the Boondocks. They are the stories of men who lived in hell and lived to tell of it.

Frank went on to become a prominent ghostwriter and passed away in 1998. We were halfway in when the Japanese machine guns got their range. They were afraid, and yet they took it. The luckiest man in the Solomons, ” Sgt. The account of private nicolli who was literally blown into the air like a matchstick and then, with a piece of shrapnel in his chest, managed to help a wounded comrade to the rear.

Koziar, tells of how he had his tonsils removed with the assistance of a Japanese sniper’s bullet. These are just three of the twenty-one fascinating stories that were told to Gerold Frank and James Horan just months after these marines had returned from active duty to recover from the conflict in the Pacific.

The valor of these marines is astounding, the guts, the genuine, as twenty-one-year-old Corporal Conroy states in the book, “I don’t suppose I shall ever be able to sum up all the bravery, honest courage displayed by the boys out in Guadalcanal. Horan, author of more than forty books, died in 1981.

I was in one of the last landing barges to hit the beach of Gavutu Island.

Rendezvous By Submarine: The Story Of Charles Parsons And The Guerrilla-Soldiers In The Philippines

Charles parsons — who organized guerrilla forces in a number of islands. Parsons became instrumental in organization of the guerrilla movement as they moved ammunition, evacuated American and Allied personnel and civilians, medicine and arms from under the noses of the Japanese, installed coast watchers and radio stations, and undertaking secret submarine missions to the Philippines.

Travis ingram drew much of the material for this book directly from Parsons who frequently interjects through the book with his own opinion of certain situations. This is the remarkable story of the man that macarthur described as “the bravest man I ever met” and deserves to be read by all who wish to find out more about individual acts of heroism that took place in the most trying of circumstances.

A story of military and morale building that paid dividends to our advantage, told with the flourish and zest it deserves. Kirkus reviews“no small part of the credit for the reconquest of the Philippines goes to an American businessman turned Navy Commander — Mr. This is the exciting narrative of how he did this job.

Foreign affairsTravis Ingham was an American writer. His book rendezvous by submarine: the story Of Charles Parsons And The Guerrilla-Soldiers In The Philippines was first published in 1945. He passed away in 1969.

Hellcats of the Sea Annotated: Operation Barney and the Mission to the Sea of Japan

Hellcats of the sea is a riveting account of the planning and events of those 15 days. Annotated edition with original footnotes. Includes photographs from Operation Barney. Submarines sinking 28 Japanese ships totaling some 70, 000 tons. Sub was equipped with newly designed mine-detectors and Mark-18s -- electronic torpedoes that left no traceable wakes or fume exhausts.

Each U. S. Operation barney continued for 15 days and proved a crucial breakthrough in the war, with U. S. Author charles lockwood sink ‘em all brings his unique flair for submarine warfare story-telling to his account of Operation Barney, the secret mission during World War 2 to extend the conflict in the Pacific beyond the Sea of Japan and closer to the enemy’s coastline.

On june 9, 1945, torpedoes from nine american submarines – ‘The Hellcats’ – were launched at dozens of Japanese freighters, paralyzing maritime operations between Japan and Korea.

One Damned Island After Another: The Saga of the Seventh

The americans patched up their planes as best they could and began to fly the "Atoll Circuit, " the low-lying, white sand atolls and the first stepping stones on the long road to Tokyo. In this huge area and against a fearsome opponent, entirely over water and, the men of the Seventh were forced to fly the longest missions in any theater of war, at first, without fighter escort.

They were there; they saw it happen. Their book one damned Island After Another was first published in 1946. They fought at midway, guadalcanal, palau, Saipan, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, the Philippines, Truk, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, and finally Tokyo. Clive howard and joe whitley’s history of this remarkable air force covers from the events at Pearl Harbor through to V-J Day, covering every single island that the force landed on in between.

They listened to demand of corporal earl nelson’s article “heroes don’t win wars”, nor does it simply record the accounts of the “brass hats”, that criticised the press and radio that only recorded the fantastic achievements of men who wore medals; “Why don’t they talk about the guy who is just a soldier?” So with humor and insight Howard and Whitley have provided us with a history of the Seventh Air Force that doesn’t focus on only the glorious achievements of some men, but instead gets to the heart of what the men of this extraordinary force did and thought.

Clive howard and joe whitley were both sergeants and served as correspondents for the Seventh Air Force. Out of a total of 231 aircraft of the Hawaiian Air Force, 64 were destroyed and not more than 79 were left usable. On 19th october 1940, later known as the seventh air Force, the Hawaiian Air Force, was established to provide air defense of the Hawaiian Island and to engage with threats in the Pacific.

Just over a year later the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor devastated this force.