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Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines

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The riveting story behind the submarines that wreaked havoc during World War II-from the award-winning author of In the Course of Duty During World War II, the U.S. Navy's submarine service suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American armed forces, losing one in five submariners. But despite the odds, these underwater warriors accounted for almost 60 percen ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by New American Library
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Ken McKinley
Sixteen US and one German U-boat is all the submarines from World War II that we have preserved in various locations around the country. In Final Patrol, Don Keith gives us a brief history of each sub and details how they came to escape the scrap yard and become museum pieces for us to be able to appreciate. You can tell that Keith has a love affair with these vintage machines and their history and it shows in his writing. This propels Final Patol from being a bloated tourist pamphlet to an inte ...more
Richard
Considering that I work on board one of the boats described in this book, I found it quite interesting.

The book begins with an overview of submarine actions during the Second World War, and then delves into the histories of the old fleet submarines that are currently museums in the United States. If you are very well versed in submarine history and lingo, these stories may seem to be lacking the level of detail that other books might. However, it does a wonderful job highlighting the surviving
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James Yong
May 26, 2016 James Yong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gripping account of the notable exploits of the sixteen surviving plunging boats that you can go and visit today!

Don has done a great job researching and compiling stories that provide an albeit small window into the lives of these brave men who manned these engineering marvels. For a lay-person like me, the stories helped me to visualise the stress and almost inhumane conditions the sub sailors of the past had to work in to pull off these amazing stunts.

This book is well worth a
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Feb 04, 2016 7$MartyQ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riding the Abyss

Yet another great book relating the bravery and devotion to duty and to the men who manned these boats to preserve our freedoms that we enjoyed because of their unselfish sacrifices during World War II. These men were in boats that were captained by men with nerves of steel who were well aware of what pa furious enemy would try to do once they had done their job of sinking the resources that were essential to an island nation more or less devoid of natural resources desperately n
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Jim
Aug 28, 2011 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-new-york
For anyone who loves submarines as much as I do, this book is a must-read.

There are 16 World War II submarines on diplay and open to the public in various locations around the US. This book documents the exploits of each of them, both during the war and afterwards, including the fight to save them for future generations to appreciate.

The author has combined information gleaned from officical Navy records with interviews with the remaining veterans who served aboard them to produce a fascinating
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Bill Subalusky
Mar 13, 2008 Bill Subalusky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and insightful look at World War 2 from the submarine perspective. Gives away just a little of the secrets of the silent service. An excellent read for anyone interested in US submarines.
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Award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith was born in 1947 and has lived in the South all his life. He attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he received his degree in broadcast and film communication with a minor in English and literature. While working as a broadcast journalist, he won awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for news writing and repo ...more
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