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At the height of the Second World War in 1944, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was struck by a typhoon that sank three destroyers and drowned 800 sailors. Drury (The Rescue Season) and Clavin (Dark Noon: The Final Voyage of the Fishing Boat Pelican) draw on proceedings of a navy board of inquiry and eyewitness recollections to recreate the catastrophe. On the one hand, this is an absorbing if disjointed maritime disaster saga in which shrieking winds and monstrous waves batter warships to pieces. It's also a study in judgment under pressure, as hard-charging Adm. William "Bull" Halsey (motto: "Kill Japs") keeps his fleet positioned in the storm's path because of faulty weather reports, accusations that he improperly left his station during the earlier Battle of Leyte Gulf and general overaggressiveness. Closer to the waterline, the authors contrast the fecklessness of Capt. James Marks of the U.S.S. Hull, which sank, to the steadiness of Capt. Henry Plage of the U.S.S. Tabberer, which braved mountainous seas to rescue survivors. The trumped-up leadership parable is perhaps unfair to Halsey and Marks. Still, the authors make their account a vivid tale of tragedy and gallantry at sea. Photos. (Jan.)
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Two seasoned writers on maritime subjects offer an impressive, long-overdue account of the U.S. Third Fleet's encounter with a savage typhoon off the Philippines in the autumn of 1944. Admiral William "Bull" Halsey was aggressively determined to remain on station in support of General Douglas MacArthur's "I Shall Return" campaign, the weather-reporting network was inadequate, and a number of ships were low on fuel and, not having taken in water ballast to compensate, had become less stable. The results of the storm encounter thereby entailed the loss of three destroyers, more than 800 men, and many aircraft, and many other ships were heavily damaged. Particular emphasis in this account is laid on the exploits of the destroyer escort Tabberer, one of the smallest ships in the fleet. She not only rode out the mountainous seas with a minimum of damage but also rescued most of the survivors of the sunken destroyer Hull. An entirely gripping account and a guaranteed hit with maritime buffs. Roland Green
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A fascinating account of a weather related incident and who was responsible. A side of naval warfare in WW II I knew nothing about.Published 15 days ago by Fred Seff
Worth the read, especially if you have family or friends who served in the Navy in the pacific theater during WW-II.Published 2 months ago by Lou Grobmyer
During the greatest war in history, one of the greatest battles for survival against a sailors greatest enemy... the sea.Published 3 months ago by Devilodg1969
A lot of popular history books have a problem like Halsey's Typhoon has; not enough story to make a complete book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Randall Griffin
Everyone, congressmen/women should read this before they start thinking about important Navy personnel like weather men/women.Published 3 months ago by Sandra Moneymaker
This is a must read book if you wish to know what the Navy went through during WW IIPublished 3 months ago by Claire V.