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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Henry, Don Keith Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504629096
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The Archerfish, a diesel powered Balao-class submarine crafted in the 1940s, won a unique, heroic place in military history and the memories of her crew members. Here is her story; from her assembly in New England and her dedication by Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal secretary, to her service in World War II, where she broke the back of the Japanese Navy, and her critical role in the Cold War.

Here, too, is the story of her crew, who waited years to serve on the Archerfish. In their own words, these men tell how, against all odds, they sent a Japanese aircraft carrier to the ocean floor. Heroic actions, exotic ports, B-girls, perilous shore leaves, and the fascinating details of life aboard a sub—it’s all here. An extraordinary real-life odyssey, Gallant Lady is a vivid, unforgettable portrait of a submariner’s life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The next best thing to serving on the Archerfish is reading this book. It’s a great Navy story about a great ship and crew.”

    Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Liberty

  • “[Many] great characters, a good plot, and best of all, it’s true! A great story.”

    Larry Bond, coauthor (with Tom Clancy) of Red Storm Rising

  • “And in the broad sense…the authors have caught the full range, the essence, and the spirit of a near-unbelievable saga of real men doing their duty first, then savoring liberty’s rewards to the maximum.”

    Captain Gordon W. Engquist, Commanding Officer, USS Archerfish (AGSS-311), 1964-1965

  • Gallant Lady is an exciting, fast-reading chronicle of the legendary sub. Every submariner wanted the Archerfish…[Listen to] Gallant Lady and you’ll understand why.”

    Jay Franco, Military Book Club

  • “I remember once as we sailed down Tokyo Bay with the homeward-bound pennant flying, I involuntarily patted her on the side and I swear she responded with a shudder from within. Archerfish, as I know her—and I know her well—is a fine woman. But I know her to be a great and gallant lady, and I shall always remember her just that way, the way she was.”

    Former Archerfish Commander Robert B. (Scotty) McComb

  • An Editor’s Choice Selection of the Military Book Club
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About the Author

Ken Henry retired from the US Navy in 1974 as a senior chief engineman. He was one of the first volunteers accepted for Operation Sea Scan aboard the USS Archerfish and is the coauthor of Gallant Lady, a biography of the ship. He currently lives in South Florida.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has earned him several Earphones Awards, a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award (twice), a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine. He has also narrated thousands of corporate videos for clients such as NASA, Sikorsky Aircraft, IBM, Dannon, Pfizer, AT&T, and SONY. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.