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Operation Highjump: The diary of a young sailor [Kindle Edition]

Richard J. Miller S 1/AerM
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Book Description

Serving on Admiral Byrd's team for the Antarctic Expedition at the end of WW II was a privilege that only a handful of sailors would enjoy. Experience first hand, through the eyes of 19 year old Dick Miller, the daily events aboard the S.S. Pine Island. The harsh conditions, the dangerous missions, the fun and friendships that occurred kept these men on their toes!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1540 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Publishing; First Edition edition (October 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062AHKH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Scoop September 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased the hard copy of this book as a gift for a history buff in my family and (confession) read it before I wrapped it. This is both a charming look at the expedition and insight into what it's like to be a teenager in the military. I get a kick out of brown eyes being an advantage - who knew? It's a quick read and thoroughly enjoyable. I was delighted that the photos translated so well into this format.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Navy overview January 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Without elaboration, the book is simply a diary without interesting insight into what the mission to Anarctica really was intended to accomplish for the U.S. or the international context in which it was undertaken. The diary does have some amusing descriptions of life for an inexperienced, young sailor who wasn't curious about much beyond his everyday duties. Care should be taken to ensure that all abbreviations are spelled out (what is a PBM?), that those appearing in pictures should be identified (to the extent possible, of course)and what they were doing. (See pages 7, 18, 19, 50, 64,and 87.) On page 20, the naval tradition involving crossing the equator should be explained (using footnotes?)to provide context, and it should be stated whether Miller got the certificate. Other minor points are: what is an AV (footnote?) and terms of jargon should be explained, including those weather research related and those of general Navy lingo (more footnotes?). The "war" wasn't mentioned until page 57, so some context should be provided about that as well.

I enjoyed reading the diary. It might serve as a good basis for a movie script about that period of Anarctic exploration, the reasons the U.S. was involved, what its participation meant in terms of the cold war, and how the U.S. interacted with other nations trying to extablish similar research stations. It's a part of post WW-II history that might be an intersting story for a movie about an area of the world most of us know little about. But what the U.S.S. Pine Island was doing was an important part of the overall objective, it seems to me, so a publicly available copy of the diary is a good thing.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars November 5, 2014
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its ok
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