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Author: John Wukovits Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781538459270
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When Admiral William Halsey selected Destroyer Squadron 21 to lead his victorious ships into Tokyo Bay to accept the Japanese surrender, it was the most battle-hardened US naval squadron of the war.

But it was not the squadron of ships that had accumulated such an inspiring résumé; it was the people serving aboard them. Sailors, not metallic superstructures and hulls, had won the battles and become the stuff of legend. Men like Commander Donald MacDonald, skipper of the USS O’Bannon, who became the most decorated naval officer of the Pacific war; Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who survived his ship’s sinking and waged a one-man battle against the enemy while stranded on a Japanese-occupied island; and Doctor Dow “Doc” Ransom, the beloved physician of the USS La Vallette, who combined a mixture of humor and medical expertise to treat his patients at sea, epitomize the sacrifices made by all the men and women of World War II.

Through diaries, personal interviews with survivors, and letters written to and by the crews during the war, preeminent historian of the Pacific theater John Wukovits brings to life the human story of the squadron and its men, who bested the Japanese in the Pacific and helped take the war to Tokyo.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wukovits has ferreted out deeply personal stories of the officers and enlisted men who experienced hell aboard these destroyers.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Sure to stir the imaginations of many veterans and well worth the time of adventure-loving civilians.”

    Roanoke (VA) Times

  • “One of the preeminent writers on the history of US Navy operations in the Pacific theater…Well presented and poignantly human.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “A detailed account…revealing the naval aspect of the Pacific war through the eyes and ears of those who fought it. Highly recommended.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Destroyers were workhorses in the Pacific, and elsewhere. It’s right that their story is told.”

    American Spectator

  • “[Wukovits] draws overdue attention to the heroism, dedication, and courage of the young destroyer sailors…[He] does a masterful job capturing the day-to-day boredom, excitement, and fear ordinary tin can sailors experienced on routine patrols at the height of the Pacific war. He expertly weaves together monthly war diaries, action reports, and ships’ histories, as well as interviews and oral histories from the officers and sailors that lived, fought, and often died together…He gives the men that fought in the squadron their due.”

    America in WWII

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About the Author

John Wukovits is a military expert specializing in the Pacific theater of World War II. He is the author of many books, including Eisenhower: A Biography, One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa, and American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America’s First Special Forces Mission. He has also written numerous articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, and World War II.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.