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USS Arizona's last band: The history of U.S. Navy Band Number 22 Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Silent Song (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965419908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965419901
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jimmie W. Edwards on December 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When I joined the navy in 67 and reported to the music school in Little Creek, Va. I was struck by the picture in the trophy case as I checked in. It was a picture of the Arizona band. I had always been intrigued by the picture and often thought someone should write a book about the band. Many years later in the 80's I started doing my own research and stumbled on this book. Wow, someone had finally written a book. I tracked down Molly and had a phone conversion with her and ordered her book. She was extremely nice over the phone and still suffered the loss of her brother. I enjoyed the book very much as it did describe the members lives and gave an insight of the band. I recommend it to anyone interested in the topic of Pearl Harbor.
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By C.S. on April 5, 2013
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In this book we learn about "the Guys", as the U.S.S. Arizona's band called themselves. We learn who they were, where they were from, and how nice young men they were. We learn how much they loved their families and how much they loved music. We learn how they trained at school to be musicians in a ships band, and how difficult that training was at times.
What bothered me about the book was her hostility- toward the Government, the Navy, the Army and anybody else she could think of. Pearl Harbor was a tragedy. All the facts might never be known, even after all the books that have been written about it. If you can get around her constant reminders, it is a good book. Her brother was in the band so I'm sure it was a hard book to write. She achieved what she set out to do- to make sure the U.S.S. Arizonas last band, Navy Band Number 22, will be remembered.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a heartwarming story about Fred Kinney and the 20 members of the U.S.S. Arizona's band, told through the eyes of the sister of one of the cornet players. Kent brings out the character and personalities of each of the band members, gives us a good look to the level of training and the daily duties of the bands, heart warming stories told through the letters the bandsmen sent home and breaks through numerous myths that were told about their tragic deaths at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. When you finish this book, expect tears to well up in your eyes and have a moment of stunned silence as a tribute to the characters. With few people still living who remember Pearl Harbor, this true account of the band makes you feel the tragedy and sting of the loss.

The only problem I have with this book is that the author constantly reminds us of the forthcoming tragedy. We know the Arizona sank with huge loss of life. We know, from reading the introduction to the book, that the band perished. We readers did not need the constant reminders that December 7th was forthcoming because we already knew that. I will concede that because of the author's personal connection to the band and the events, that it was probably difficult for her to write the account.

Nonetheless, if you can overlook that one factor, you will find a wonderful heart-warming story. When it's finished, you'll feel as robbed as the families who suffered through their loss. This is one of those few Pearl Harbor books that you'll want to pick up and be glad that you did.
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