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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 838 pages
  • Publisher: John G. Lambert (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983886911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983886914
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John G. Lambert joined the US Naval Reserve and served aboard the (Essex Class) aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard, CVA-31, in 1965-1966 on a West-Pac for 9 months, as an Avionics Technician in VAW-11.

With keen interest in the sea, he surfed on the west coast, and later became an advanced scuba diver.

Hobbies were diversified from boating to water skiing, snow skiing and photography.

He learned to fly in 1970, then purchased plans, and built his own plane, a Burt Rutan designed Varieze. He raced it, and flew it from coast-to-coast and border-to-border.

With his background in the navy, and aviation, he wrote a book on the history of the WWII aircraft carrier USS Independence, CVL-22.

The book has involved approx. 6 years of research, with trips across the nation to places including NARA - The National Archives in College Park, the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Tailhook Association in San Diego, to name a few. The research still continues.

See the web site for the book: http://www.ussindependencecvl22.com

In addition to a High School Reunion book for his reunion group, two new titles were just released.

As a historian for a devoted group of pilots racing their experimental airplanes, two new books have been published about: RACE (Rutan And Composites Enthusiasts) Canard Air Racing, covering the span of years from 1983 - 2005.

Two editions have been released for print; a Black & White paperback Edition, and a full Color Hard Cover Edition with over 1,000 photos, Race Results, and short stories.

Both are available on Amazon.com

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The book is well written and is difficult to put down.
Charles R. Goemmer
Beautifully written in ship's log format, this book will keep you coming back for more.
Harley
This book is everything anyone ever wanted to know about this warship.
Steve Wiper

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Goemmer on December 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been anticipating the book ever since John Lambert contacted me about using my brother's diary. The book is everything I hoped it would be. It is filled with details about the ship and the struggles of the men to fight her. I especially appreciate the way that John Lambert has worked in the story of the enlisted men who kept the ship going and the planes flying. The story of CVL 22 is an untold story until now. It is my hope that the men who sailed and fought her as well as their families will be able to enjoy the story and that many others will learn to appreciate their sacrifice. The book is well written and is difficult to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By old arkiedan on December 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I know the author, John Lambert, and can attest to the incredible amount of research that went into bringing this fine work to publication. Over four years of intense research, including travelling from coast to coast, gathering material and interviewing many of the surviving pilots, officers and seamen who fought from the deck of this mighty ship.

Anyone interested in the War in the Pacific will love this book. And, if you have an interest in the "Mighty I" in particular, you'll be doubly rewarded. I doubt there's a more thorough, well-written, reference work anywhere. It is truly a tribute to those who served but did not return.

old arkiedan
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Snyder on September 26, 2012
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Make no mistake: this book provides a detailed look at life aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in World War 2. Drawing on the War Diary and Deck Logs of the USS INDEPENDENCE, and on recollections of those who served in her, the book covers the entire career of the ship from her commissioning to her sinking in postwar nuclear bomb tests at Eniwetok Atoll. There are over 150 photos, most of high quality and well-reproduced. A few are either somewhat washed-out or muddy, but this likely reflects the quality of the original rather than any fault in copying or reproduction. The book's shortcomings are in its lack of adequate editing, problems that plague many self-published books. There are errors in the veterans' recollections that deserve at least parenthetical corrections or footnotes. There are also quite a lot of typos and syntax errors that distract and detract from the readability of the book. In those sections that apparently take directly from the War Diary and Deck Logs, there is a good bit of switching from near-direct quotation of those documents to third-person narrative, a jarring distraction for this Navy vet who prepared such documents, though perhaps not a problem for the general reader.

Now, having made those few negative notations, I must note that this book began as a memorial to--and for--those men who served in USS INDEPENDENCE. The author attended many of the ship's reunions, interviewed the veterans, was given wartime personal diaries, was adopted as a member of the reunion group, and was asked by the veterans to write their history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bella on August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
How fortunate our family is to have this masterpiece. I purchased this book for my Dad, Edward "Ike" Ginocchio's 93rd birthday, a sailor on the USS Independence CVL22. He was Acting Chief, Aviation Boatswain Mate, 1st Class.

Little did I know the impact John's book would have on our entire family. Firstly, let me say, Dad has been glued to the book and knows it will take him through many a long winter night. The book is so concise, it clarifies some foggy memories with facts, and resurrects others. The daily logs and photos are amazing. Mom is just as thrilled as Dad. She commented,"this (WW2) was our life and here it is again as we all share, it is wonderful." It brought back many memories for her too. She recalls visiting and feeding POWs who were held in her town of Port Richmond, Staten Island, and writing to hundreds of service men abroad. The evils of war took the lives of many young men she knew, and she prayed for my father's safe return, though, at the time, they were only friends. My daughter, niece, and young nephews are getting the historical education of their lives. This brief time in history has become real for them as they read about Halsey's Typhoon of 1944 and see actual pictures of their grandfather's ship at a right angle with the ferocious sea wanting to gulp her up...but it didn't, not that mighty girl!

God bless John for this monumental undertaking. We only hope he comes to realize how his writing has impacted, not only the crew of the CVL 22 with great honor, but their families and friends as well. This will live on in our family for many generations and I am sure it will with many other families too.

Thank you and God bless you John.

Dorothy A. Ginocchio
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Doherty on July 1, 2013
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As the son of one of her crew (John J. Doherty) it is with pride and honor that I read this book. To finally see the true story of the Independence through the eyes of the people that were there when America's Greatest Generation met the challenge of war in the Pacific.

It is truly wonderful to see the story of a class of ship that is sadly virtually ignored by the many WWII documentaries that we see on TV. As a child I used to watch all those WWII documentaries with my Dad. He would always complain that they never talked about his ship (America's first dedicated Night Carrier) or the Independence class of carrier. If he were still alive he would have relished reading this book. I'm glad that even though he is gone and never saw this book he was able to contribute with some of his photos.

John G. Lambert has done a masterful job bringing the Independence and her crew to life. My Dad would say, "Thank you very much John!"
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