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Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  195 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The USS Wahoo's performance in sinking Japanese ships in the farthest reaches of the empire is legendary.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
ebook, 372 pages
Published November 11th 2009 by Presidio Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Steve Scott
I'd love to give this a higher rating, but can't.

Author Dick O'Kane, who went on from being the XO of the Wahoo to being the number one American sub captain of WWII, simply didn't consider his audience. Even with the (limited) glossary O'Kane provides, this account is full of cumbersome jargon and military acronyms. He assumes the reader knows what he's talking about. It's as if he wasn't writing it for a general audience, but for all those retired submariners from his era who were still alive.
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Jack
The US WWII Submarine Force became the greatest threat to the Japanese Empire. Likewise, the IJN inflicted severe casualties on our submariners since they operated singly and in dangerous waters. The WAHOO became an ace at putting Japanese merchant vessels on the bottom. Even with the dud torpedoes, the crew managed multiple sinkings in a single attack. Sadly it was one of her own torpedoes that caused her downfall when it circled and struck its own ship. The ship was lost with all hands.

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Iain
Jan 18, 2015 Iain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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James Watson
Excellent story of the Wahoo successful patrol activity, initially under a skipper reluctant to attack. Replaced by Cdr. Morton who employed very aggressive tactics the Wahoo set an enviable record sinking Japanese shipping. O'Kane, Executive Officer for most of the patrols, provides intriguing details of the patrols and the tactics used to sink 24 Japanese ships. He describes the difficulties with the initially unreliable torpedoes and the successes made possible by improved weapons. I had the ...more
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Feb 29, 2016 7$MartyQ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dudley "Mush" Morton, American Hero

With a quiet, calm determination, Dudley "Mush" Morton took the fight to the enemy. His motto was "stay we them until they're on the bottom". Where would America be today without men like Morton yesterday? Unfortunately stories of these brave men are not taught in history classes today; they were part of what history calls "The Greatest Generation," and again, unfortunately are more and more being relegated to pages in books like "Wahoo: The Patrol s of America
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Rick Wong
Oct 02, 2007 Rick Wong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was the one that made me learn about Dick O'Kane. Mush Morton had stones. In incredible book about one of the early successful sub capts. when there wasn't too many success stories.
Dan
Jan 24, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of man who found his calling in life, sinking enemy ships. I suspect he would have been succseeful leading anyone but this was the task at hand. Excellent technical details but the human element interjected into the book is what I like best. These were the men we needed at the begining of the war to prosecute it to the end.
Curtiss
They must have played a LOT of cribbage during their off-duty watches aboard the Wahoo, if Dick O'Kane was able to come up with both a 28-point hand and a 29-point hand during his time aboard her (against his captain, Mush Morton on both occassions).
Bob
Nov 24, 2014 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you are a WWII history buff, as I am, you need to read this book. For me, it was fast-moving and contained lots of drama, along with the needed technical details to keep the reader engaged and satisfied but not bored.
Ben
Dec 10, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, written by Executive Officer O'Kane, providing excellent detail without being too technical and thus boring. Remarkable story.
Tim Anderson
Every chapter is the same over and over. Boring.
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Rear Admiral Richard Hetherington “Dick” O'Kane was a United States Navy submarine commander in World War II, who received a Medal of Honor for his service on the Tang.

He also served on the Wahoo, as executive officer and approach officer. He participated in more successful attacks on Japanese shipping than any other submarine officer during the war.
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