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Angel on the Yardarm: The Beginnings of Fleet Radar Defense and the Kamikaze Threat Paperback – June, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-9997393173 ISBN-10: 9997393171

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: United States Government Printing (June 1985)
  • ISBN-10: 9997393171
  • ISBN-13: 978-9997393173
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,452,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Roy B. Mccammon on August 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Angel on the Yardarm, The Beginnings of Fleet Radar Defense and the Kamikaze Threat, by John Monsarrat, Naval War College Press, 188 pages.

This is a well written account of the WW2 Pacific theater from the point of view of a Fighter Direction Officer. The author restricts his scope to his own wartime experience with the FDO/CIC department of the light carrier CVL-27 (USS Langley). The author's entire combat experience was spent on the Langley and the Langley's entire combat record was experienced by the author. Coverage includes initial setup of the CIC, installation of the radar equipment, selecting and training sailors for the radar-man job, intercepts, combat operations, and bomb damage.

Chapters:
1. Introduction
2. Reporting Aboard at Harvard
3. Desk-Bound in the Bureau of Aeronautics
4. Serving on Admiral Towers' and Admiral Nimitz Staffs.
5. Learning Radar and Fighter Direction

6. Carrier Duty at Last -- The author is assigned to USS Langley, a CVL. The officers of the FDO/CIC are given free hand to design and setup the CIC and radar equipment. The author is an advertising exec in civilian life. He soon puts his natural networking ability to use, visiting all the other ships in the yard in an attempt to distill best practices. He apparently did a good job. Also his department must train a crew of radar men. Normally they are assigned at random, but the officers continue to network and get a chance to review the service records of all the crew and select out a likely group for radar training. This early work in finding the best setup and the best radar-men yielded benefits for the entire combat career of Langley. Its interesting to see how the civilian skill of networking pays off handsomely in later combat.

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By Mr. Roy B. Mccammon on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Angel on the Yardarm, The Beginnings of Fleet Radar Defense and the Kamikaze Threat, by John Monsarrat, Naval War College Press, 188 pages.

This is a well written account of the WW2 Pacific theater from the point of view of a Fighter Direction Officer. The author restricts his scope to his own wartime experience with the FDO/CIC department of the light carrier CVL-27 (USS Langley). The author's entire combat experience was spent on the Langley and the Langley's entire combat record was experienced by the author. Coverage includes initial setup of the CIC, installation of the radar equipment, selecting and training sailors for the radar-man job, intercepts, combat operations, and bomb damage.

Chapters:
1. Introduction
2. Reporting Aboard at Harvard
3. Desk-Bound in the Bureau of Aeronautics
4. Serving on Admiral Towers' and Admiral Nimitz Staffs.
5. Learning Radar and Fighter Direction

6. Carrier Duty at Last -- The author is assigned to USS Langley, a CVL. The officers of the FDO/CIC are given free hand to design and setup the CIC and radar equipment. The author is an advertising exec in civilian life. He soon puts his natural networking ability to use, visiting all the other ships in the yard in an attempt to distill best practices. He apparently did a good job. Also his department must train a crew of radar men. Normally they are assigned at random, but the officers continue to network and get a chance to review the service records of all the crew and select out a likely group for radar training. This early work in finding the best setup and the best radar-men yielded benefits for the entire combat career of Langley. Its interesting to see how the civilian skill of networking pays off handsomely in later combat.

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My dad was on the Langley (the ship in this book). We tried to find this book through the original publisher but it is out of print. We found it used through Amazon.
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