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Tales From a Tin Can: The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay

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In the words of those who manned her, the destroyer USS Dale’s war comes vividly to life in this first oral history of a combat ship from World War II’s start to finish. From carrier raids on Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Solomons to the bombarding of Saipan and Guam in the capture of the Marianas, from the Aleutians in the far north to strikes on Tokyo and Kobe, Tales from ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 12th 2010 by Zenith Press (first published March 15th 2007)
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My great uncle was serving aboard the Dale the day of the bombing at Pearl Harbor so this book had great meaning to me.
An interesting oral history of the crew of a very lucky destroyer. It served the entire length of WW II without a single combat fatality, despite earning a dozen battle stars.

The book is a mix of the recorded old-age reminiscences of the crew, the diaries of the crewmen that kept them, the ship's log, and a standard historical narrative of the war, that last being to contextualize what the ship was doing at any given time. I didn't learn anything new about the war itself, but the book is just ch
Scott Reighard
If you are interested in a book that chronicles big events in the Pacific during WWII, then you have to get this book.

From first person accounts at Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal and beyond, you will be stirred with emotion hearing the horror stories, as well as the humorous aboard the USS Dale. I was fascinated by the amazing consistency with which each sailor told their side of the story while an event was occurring, meanwhile another sailor at that same time of the event was experiencing someth
Charley Duschen
Well written. Hard to put it down.
An oral history of the crew of the Destroyer USS Dale during WWII, from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day. The author, whose father served on the Dale, collected interviews from several members of the crew and added the historical context to follow the actions of the Dale while providing a good "big picture" of what was going on in the Pacific.
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