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A Sea Story: The Untold Story of the U.S. Navy Response to 9/11. [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Pignataro
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NO EASY DAY recounts how the Navy ended the hunt for Bin Laden...A SEA STORY details how it began.


The U.S. Navy was among the first responders on 9/11. Entrusted with the iconic Ground Zero flag, the Roosevelt battlegroup took to the seas searching out those responsible, and to bring justice to a nation in mourning.

1145 September 2001, the U.S.S. Leyte Gulf deployed within hours of the attack on the W.T.C. with orders to shoot down and destroy any "birds not squawking" over New York City. We were entrusted with the Ground Zero flag raised by the NYFD. We flew that flag with pride and determination from our mast on our important mission. After two days we were then redirected to the gulf and given orders to destroy the Taliban with the Tomahawk missiles onboard. During transit, we were told by our Captain that the Taliban would be waiting for us in the narrow Suez canal. So narrow in fact, only a single ship can go through at any one time. If the first and last ship were to be hit by surface to air missiles, there would be no way out. The aircraft carrier U.S.S Roosevelt, would be trapped in the middle and defenseless. There they were, waiting for us on horseback atop the sandy Suez dunes...following us. Just a bunch of scared kids manning the ships 50 cal guns, wondering what was to happen next.

One late night in the gulf, Bush declared war. It was our task to launch the first Tomahawk missiles and kick off the war on terror. We were cut off from the outside world. Email and any other means of communication had been banned for security reasons. Television reports of Anthrax gripping the country with fear and WW3 rumors scuttling through the ships decks. A six man boarding party manned up to routinely search an unresponding suspect Iraqi tanker...what was found would change our lives forever.

This is my sea story.

Editorial Reviews


"This is the most inspiring story about 9/11 that I have had the honor to read. If you are considering purchasing this book. Don't think twice buy it now you won't have any regrets. Thanks Again!" - Joe B.

"It was incredible to journey with our sailors in their quest to protect us all. A unique tale and an inspirational read
!" - Allison.

From the Author

Joseph lives very happily in upstate NY, with his wife Toni and children. Oh, and Maximus, the spoiled Siamese cat. His wife would be insanely pissed if lil ol' Maxy wasn't mentioned. Joe served as a Navy Tomahawk missile operator, instructor, and Navy recruiter. Joseph has been awarded three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
You can contact Joseph at

Product Details

  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477470417
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W9F4A8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating blend of fact and fiction September 30, 2012
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This is a short novel (216 pages) that blends history with fiction to create a very interesting read. Based on factual events during, and in the months following September 11, 2001, it is the account of one Navy missile operator who was on active duty on that fateful day on the U.S. Navy warship USS Leyte Gulf. Having read everything I could get my hands on about the events and aftermath of 9/11, I have read many fascinating accounts by members of FDNY, NYPD, as well as survivors and civilian eye-witnesses. However until the downfall of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the Navy's Seal Team Six, I never gave much thought to the role of the Navy. In this account we are taken from the initial response of seaman Pignataro and his buddies on the USS Leyte Gulf to their journey through the Suez Canal in October 2001, culminating with the boarding of a ship, the Samra, sailing under the flag of the United Arab Emirates. The Samra was seen in the Persian Gulf listing and riding low, suspected of smuggling oil out of Iraq in violation of the sanctions imposed by the U.N., hence the decision to send a boarding party to inspect the ship. Much of this account is factual while some is undoubtedly creative license. Fact: the USS Leyte Gulf did deploy to the Persian Gulf via the Suez Canal as an escort the USS Roosevelt following the events of 9/11 and returned to the U.S. in April 2002. Fact: the Samra was suspected of smuggling oil and a boarding party did board the ship which was subsequently sunk. Fact: U.S. soldiers were lost in the event. Understand that this is a novel, not a completely factual account, and as such it is certainly an interesting and worthy read. Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not completely true! May 8, 2012
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This book is a great story but at first I thought it was a true account of what happened to these sailors on the day of 9/11 & thereafter. However, I knew it couldn't be totally true when the author says they sailed by HMS Warrior! That's impossible unless they were in Portsmouth dockyard where that particular ship has been for nearly 100 years! From that moment on I was pretty disappointed as I didn't know what was true and what was 'author's discretion'.
Never mind, a good story anyway, just not a 'True' story.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book May 4, 2012
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The book is so amazing..I like this book..The concept of the story,cover page all of the things is so beautiful..from this book anyone have to get a glance of the topic of 9/11..I think it is a true story..I hope all the readers will like the book..
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying and worth reading book May 4, 2012
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There are not many books that gets your attentions within the first few minutes, and this is one of those books, The writer had no doubt put his extra effort into the book making it a brilliant piece of writing. i would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Reality June 20, 2014
I was a Fire Controlman (FC) in the US Navy for six years from January 1997 to January 2003 as an Aegis Computer Technician. From September 18, 1998 until I left the navy in 2003 I was stationed on the Leyte Gulf’s sister ship, the USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) which was also in the Roosevelt battle group. I’m here to give my review after browsing through this novel.

It’s nothing but fiction. The author gets so many things wrong, even beside the dramatic combat fantasy added, that I have serious doubts if he was even on the ship during this time period. He appears to change some details about what did happen that actually would have made certain parts of the story more dramatic. I would like to point out some of these fictions and mistakes directly from the book.

“As he began to go back inside following another failed attempt, he spotted something that made his stomach tighten up: the tow tugs were arriving to the piers. These small boats were used on a routine basis to assist the large military warships in leaving port.”

Was the author even there on 9/11? Pignataro is correct in saying the tugs were used on a routine basis. Nothing was routine that day though. One of the most dramatic things that really surprised me that morning was watching ships leaving the piers without any tugs assisting. I had been stationed on my ship for three years when 9/11 happened. During those three years I had watched Naval ships in Norfolk get underway hundreds of times. That day was the FIRST time I ever saw US warships in Norfolk leaving the piers left and right under their own power.

Getting underway was normally very orderly. Dozens of sailors would come out with their pants legs tucked down in their socks on the decks of the ship about to depart.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring Untold Story April 29, 2012
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This untold story about the U.S Navy response to 9/11 was really heartfelt and truly inspiring. The men and women of the navy should be proud for their heroic and fearless efforts in response to that dreaded and insidious attack on American soul. I feel so glad and thankful that I live in a country like the USA. Author did a really good job with this book. Highly recommend.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought this was history June 22, 2012
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Don't know why, but I thought this was an historical account, not a novel. Still was a good, but short, read. Just when the action really starting hopping, the book ends. Definitely worth the $0.00 price I paid for it.

One other thing that bothered me was the boarding party. If that is the way suspicious ships are boarded by our Navy during war - Yikes!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste
Don't waste your money. Wouldn't even be a good novelette. Obviously lots of fiction. Wish someone would have written a good nonfiction book about that day from aboard ship,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JD
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Ending needs more detail on bomb, who the horsemen was, and his ties to Russia, ect.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Wilcox
1.0 out of 5 stars profanities spoil any pleasure from reading this book
Glad this book was on free as I would be agrieved to think I had wasted my time and money!
The author could have unfolded a good story without resorting to filling the text... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
many parts were factual if you have a navy background but overall flat ending so the book is entertaining not riveting
Published on February 12, 2013 by donald j ahlbrandt
1.0 out of 5 stars a sea story
this is probably the worst book i ever attempted to read, it was so bad i never finished it. this is a true fllight of fancy, i have no idea what the author was trying to say. Read more
Published on February 10, 2013 by EVA Pete
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Go Here
I am glad I was able to obtain this book for free, because I'd be sick if I'd actually paid for it. This is NOT a true story and the writing is pretty awful - it's hard to follow... Read more
Published on January 25, 2013 by Andrew Glasgow
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
An emotional roller-coaster ride. Pulls you into the story so your no longer just a spectator, but become a participant. Left me wanting more.
Published on January 8, 2013 by Terry Allen Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
As of late I have been reading post 911 navy seal and navy books. This is a story I could not put down. I just love seeing these terror punks get what they deserve
Published on December 20, 2012 by John J. Schrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, powerful read
You will not put this down and the ending is great....very touching, and thank you to the author and all the men fighting for our freedom.
Published on December 16, 2012 by Zonalou
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing
This book was absolutely amazing. Not only did I want to keep reading it when I extremely tired & ready to fall asleep but it also made you want to know more about the characters. Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by sexygreeneyedthing
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