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By ROBERT F. CROSS

This compelling story of braveness, heroism, and terror is instructed within the phrases of ninety-one sailors and officials interviewed through the writer approximately their international conflict II provider aboard fifty-six destroyer escorts. They exhibit many never-before-told information of lifestyles at sea in the course of wartime and, in addition to details present in secretly saved struggle diaries and formerly unpublished own images, upload very important dimensions to the respectable list. Unseasoned teenage recruits after they first went to sea, those sailors have been led via green university boys extra conversant in yachts than warships. Their ships have been untested vessels, designed by way of a guy without formal education in send layout, and which many considered as a waste of cash. but, as move issues out, those males are credited with supporting flip the tide of the conflict within the Atlantic as they singlehandedly sank a few seventy U-boats and captured U-505, the single German submarine taken through the battle and the 1st enemy vessel captured by means of americans at sea because the warfare of 1812. within the Pacific, the destroyer escorts fought in each significant conflict, side-by-side with Allied battleships and destroyers. yet this tale isn't just approximately battles. it's also approximately American genius, labor, honor and transforming into up within the nice melancholy. the writer presents eyewitness information about the ancient first step taken to finish racial discrimination within the army as African-Americans stepped aboard the destroyer escort USS Mason as full-fledged sailors for the 1st time and earned a military commendation of heroism within the conflict of the Atlantic awarded to the surviving crewmen fifty-one years later. Readers additionally know about an inventive invention while a sailor breaks his silence a couple of mystery weapon confirmed aboard his destroyer escort that rendered a brand new German radio-controlled flow bomb dead.

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