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Sailors' Journey Into War
The mighty battle action fought between an American destroyer and a German U-boat north of the Azores Islands in late October 1943 has been called the most spectacular surface battle since the days of John Paul Jones. Robert A. Maher was a young sailor who served on the Navy destroyer USS Borie DD215 in that battle, and his personal account of the war culminates in this de ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published May 31st 1998 by Kent State University Press
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The Borie was my father's first ship he fought on in WWII. I appreciate the fine details Bob Maher has included in his book, especially since I was seeking details about my father's service on the Borie. I encourage everyone to read this book. Bob Maher serves as an eyewitness to history and what better person to write about that fateful night when Borie came nose-to-nose with German U-boat 405, a sub manufactured by my German Krupp dynasty side of the family. Bob, I don't know where you are, as ...more
This is a fantastic book from beginning to end to feel and experience the lives of our Naval heroes that gave much to protect our great county. My father was on the USS Borie when it sank in the North Atlantic. It breaks my heart to read this portion of the book. To feel and try to understand what my father and the many other brave sailors of the USS Borie endured during this horrific ordeal. My father was in his early 20's when this incident occurred (I now in my 60's) and I can not fathom the ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Maher's journey is a very interesting. His journey from joining the Navy because his friends were to be a competent and respected Chief Firecontrolman is a fascinating read. His main focus is his wartime journey to the U.S.S. Borie's fight with U-405 which is a classic and epic battle between a destroyer and a U-Boat. What is the best part of the book is the fact that Maher doesn't slip into picking which part of the Navy was better officer or enlisted but shows the best and worst of both groups ...more