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Wake of the Wahoo: The Heroic Story of America's Most Daring WWII Submarine, USS Wahoo

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From Pearl Harbor to her last and fatal voyage, the heroic story of America's most daring World War II submarine, as told by the only surviving member of her crew Forest J. Sterling. USS Wahoo (SS-238) was the most successful American submarine in the World War II Pacific Fleet. She was the first to penetrate an enemy harbor and sink a Japanese ship. And was the first to ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by R.A. Cline Publishing (first published February 1st 1960)
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Maria
Sterling served on the USS Wahoo for several of her patrols in the waters off Japan. He was transferred off 45 minutes before the boat sailed off for its final and fatal patrol. This is his tribute to the men that he served with and the battles that they fought.

Why I started this book: I've been on a World War II submarine kick for a while, and this is a first hand account of what they did, saw and sailed.

Why I finished it: Written in the vernacular of the Navy and the 1940s, it took a while for
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Kyle
Nov 13, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it
A classic, written in the 1960s by the sub's Yeoman, it tells of 3 war patrols on the Navy's most successful submarine. It gives great insight into the stress and boredom of underway time at sea and other than the 1940s dialog is very relevant to today's navy.CAPT Morton's techniques probably wouldn't work in today's navy but are creative and really boosted morale. The passages on getting depth charged and the effects of combat on the crew's psyche are quite vivid as well. Highly recommended.
Paul Jeffrey
Mar 23, 2016 Paul Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insight to the crew of the most daring sub of WWII written by a crew member that had to meet every body, The yeoman, it tells of the time he was aboard ship up until he left before the fateful voyage. An excellent read!
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