Imagine yourself in a World War II attack submarine. These are not today's war subs, with advanced radar, roomy space, and the general safety awarded by modern-day military weapons. This is a tin can, practically, in comparison, bobbing around the ocean like food for a shark. In this riveting tale, James Calvert takes you on a journey like no other as he recounts his days as a WWII submarine officer.
Calvert vividly describes both the exciting and the relatively tedious as he takes the reader through battles, missions, and even the day-to-day monotony intrinsic to being on a battle submarine. Calvert himself begins to shift, and as young boy grows into striking man, his crew grows as well--from a ragtag group of young'ns to a fully-fledged commando fleet. It is a riveting tale about survival and perseverance, set on the backdrop of a classic American war story, that is sure to please any discerning reader.
James Calvert was an American war hero and author famous for his recounts of WWII submarine life. He was born on September 8, 1920, and was an only child. He was appointed later to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1942. He then went on to serve in several US navy submarines during WWII, the backdrop for most of his stories. He has been married twice, the first marriage ending with his wife's death in 1962. He went on to be a decorated war hero and died in 2009 after a long and fulfilling life.
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In this riveting personal account, an authentic American hero relives the perils and triumphs of eight harrowing patrols aboard one of America’s most successful World War II submarines. Courageous deeds and terror-filled moments as well as the endless maintenance work are vividly recalled in Calvert’s candid portrait.
But Silent Running is more than a masterful collection of war stories. The greatest drama takes place within Jim Calvert himself, as his values, his training, and his courage are put to the test daily, both at sea and ashore. He must come to terms with a forbidden love, overcome fear and self-doubt, cope with the loss of comrades, and face the constant reality that each and every day at sea might be his last.