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The Luck of the Draw

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A coin flip likely saved the life of Kenneth C. Ruiz. It was August 1942 and he was fresh out of the U.S. Naval Academy. He and a classmate flipped a coin to see who would stand watch on the bridge of their heavy cruiser, the "USS Vincennes," off Savo Island as the Marines were landing on Guadalcanal. Ruiz was on the bridge when the ship took a direct hit and sank. He ende ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 27th 2005 by Zenith Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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I am an unrepentant history nerd. I’m also a former Navy guy. So when you combine the two in one book, you’ve got my attention. This is what happened when my wife came home from work one day with the autographed memoirs of a retired Navy officer who served in World War II in the Pacific.

That book is The Luck of the Draw: The Memoir of a World War II Submariner: From Savo Island to the Silent Service, by Captain C. Kenneth Ruiz, USN (Ret.). In it, Capt. Ruiz vividly recounts his service in the P
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