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Sole Survivor: Torpedo Squadron Eight - Battle of Midway

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Battle of Midway, World War II, Torpedo Squadron, Biography
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Midway Pub
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Peter#pintobeans
May 27, 2013 Peter#pintobeans rated it really liked it
The book Sole Survivor is an autobiography written by George Gay. George Gay was the sole survivor of his squadron in a battle that took place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean during WWII. There were 30 men in the VT-8's TBD Devastator squadron and on June 4, 1942 they flew off of their carrier in pursuit of the Japanese Naval Fleet. After many bullets ad torpedoes were exchanged between the two sides, every single man in the Devastator Fleet was killed except for George Gay, who somehow manag ...more
Kristen
Dec 31, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
I found an autographed copy at a thrift store. Lieutenant Commander Gay recounts his WW II service. As the sole survivor of Topedo Squadron 8 in the Battle of Midway, he has an interesting story to tell. Despite his retelling of the hero's reception he received after the battle, the book did not come off as self-serving. I appreciated reading this first-hand account of important history.

The book was written at the end of the Carter presidency and at the end of the book, he provides some frank co
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David
May 15, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from a neighbor. He had bought it at a talk by George Gay and it was signed, "May you be as lucky as I was at Midway!"

It was well written, informative and interesting.

Gay grew up poor in Texas.

Everyone knows about his attempt to attack the Japanese fleet with the rest of a squadron. He had a view of the attack that sank their Carriers. In 5 minutes he witnessed the hopes and dreams of a generation of Japanese burst into flames. Maybe one of the most unique sights every see
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Steve
May 07, 2013 Steve rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-read
I was thrilled to find a copy on ebay of this book. As a Naval Officer and aviator, I was truly curious about Ensign Gays outlook on his survival experience, especially in view of the great odds. In short, it was a disappointing read. Although he wrote of his historic "ringside seat" to the Battle of Midway and the circumstanses working up to it. He appeared to share little on his outlook of being the sole survivor. He was open and extremely honest about being made a hero, making appearances wit ...more
Curtiss
I bought this from the author at an airshow at San Diego's Brown Field, just over the border from Mexico.

George Gay was the sole survivor of the carrier Hornet's Torpedo 8 at the Battle of Midway. His Devastator torpedo plane was the last of his squadron's fifteen to be shot down, and he spent the rest of the battle hiding under a seat cushion to avoid being stafed by patroling Japanese "zeros", where he had a ringside seat for the eventual destruction of three of Admiral Nagumo's carriers at th
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Karan
Jul 05, 2014 Karan rated it liked it
Interesting tale and insightful. Would have been better without his sexual exploits.
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