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Papa Tango by John Clagett
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Feb 26, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, genre-action, genre-historical-fiction, genre-fiction, owned, theme-military, theme-naval, theme-war, theme-wwii
Read from February 26 to March 13, 2012 — I own a copy

John Claggett presents a wonderful tale of the World War II sailors who was assigned to a squadron of PT boats (Patrol, Torpedo). Using the phonetic alphabet for military signaling they become "Papa Tangos." Those same sailors are also referred to as Papa Tangos. The novel tells of the terrible battles the PT boats had with the Japanese and the horrible, disfiguring injuries sustained by many of their crew members.

Claggett uses alternating contemporary and flashback chapters to describe how the Papa Tangos are so severely affected - physically, mentally, and in their personal relationships. The contemporary part of the novel revolves around a Papa Tango Reunion 20 years after the war. Many who had been hurt so badly have withdrawn from a normal life. For various reasons they have never previously attended a reunion but at the 20-yeear point decide to take a chance and go. There are mixed results for the various individuals involved - some happy, some less so.

It is an enjoyable read, especially for those such as me who are drawn to tales of the navy.

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