Tin Can Titans

Tin Can Titans

The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II's Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron

Book - 2017
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An epic narrative of World War II naval action that brings to life the sailors and exploits of the war's most decorated destroyer squadron

When Admiral William Halsey selected Destroyer Squadron 21 (Desron 21) to lead his victorious ships into Tokyo Bay to accept the Japanese surrender, it was the most battle-hardened US naval squadron of the war.

But it was not the squadron of ships that had accumulated such an inspiring resume; it was the people serving aboard them. Sailors, not metallic superstructures and hulls, had won the battles and become the stuff of legend. Men like Commander Donald MacDonald, skipper of the USS O'Bannon , who became the most decorated naval officer of the Pacific war; Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who survived his ship's sinking and waged a one-man battle against the enemy while stranded on a Japanese-occupied island; and Doctor Dow "Doc" Ransom, the beloved physician of the USS La Vallette , who combined a mixture of humor and medical expertise to treat his patients at sea, epitomize the sacrifices made by all the men and women of World War II.

Through diaries, personal interviews with survivors, and letters written to and by the crews during the war, preeminent historian of the Pacific theater John Wukovits brings to life the human story of the squadron and its men who bested the Japanese in the Pacific and helped take the war to Tokyo.
Publisher: Boston, MA :, Da Capo Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780306824302
0306824302
Branch Call Number: 940.54597 Wuk
Characteristics: xiii, 320 pages : illustrations, maps

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Jan 07, 2020

Tells about a critical time on WW2, with a focus on the brave young men on the destroyers who bravely fought "above their weight" to buy time for US industry to build the navy where it could defeat the Japanese imperial fleet. It tells about the historical events, but the focus is on the sailors and their ships. Well researched and good storytelling.

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