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Sweet Pea at War: A History of USS Portland
Few ships in American history have had as illustrious a history as the heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), affectionately known by her crew as Sweet Pea. With the destruction of most of the US battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor, cruisers such as Sweet Pea carried the biggest guns the Navy possessed for nearly a year after the start of World War II. This volume describes in ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published September 2003)
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Excellent book. I saw the author on Cspan-3 and liked his presentation on the book.... I have read about PT Boats, AIrcraft Carriers, Battleships and tin cans but other than a book about the Indiannapolis (same class) this is the first one about the life of a cruiser..... Good job and a good read....
My father-in-law was Chief Engineer on the Portland for most of the war, though he wasn't mentioned in the book. (Officers were older and less likely than crew members to be alive for the author to interview.). Regardless, this book is amazing, as was the ship. What a record she had! I really had no idea of what it must have been like. Now I know a bit more, and I have the very highest regard for those who sailed aboard the Portland or any of the other ships that helped win the war. It's a ...more