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USS John A. Bole : An Anecdotal History Hardcover – March 1, 2000

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"A salute to those who, through their selfless service did so much to defend our nation's interests and freedoms." -- Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, Astronaut

"An Excellent book...enjoyed reading it. It refreshed my memories and brought back many feelings, especially those of going home." -- William A. Berry, Oklahoma Supreme Court, Ex-POW and author of Prisoner of the Rising Sun.

"[USS John A. Bole] is a tribute to those men who went to sea in small ships." -- Adm. Henry H. Mauz, Jr, USN Ret.

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The true authors of this book are the men who served aboard the USS John A. Bole who wrote of their own personal experiences. The authors range from deck hands to admirals. Accordingly, this is an "anecdotal history" in the sense that the book comprises a series of brief, interesting, and often amusing incidents or events.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: macedon; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939965151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939965151
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glen Ingram on May 17, 2000
I wish to thank the author twice for publishing the personal accounts of former USS John A. Bole crew members. First - Thanks, because I thoroughly enjoyed reading his selection of crew experiences. Secondly - Thanks, because for years I have been wanting to compile and publish anecdotes of USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD729) crew members' accounts of their shipboard life .... now Mr. Alexander has, essentially, done that for us. Except for a difference of names (and lacking a DD729 first-hand Inchon "Sitting Ducks" account), I felt I was reading the exploits of my own ship. It brings back memories of many similar experiences during my years aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer. I recommend the book to all current and former U.S. Navy men, their wives, and sweethearts, and especially all "Tin Can Sailors". I look forward to Mr. Alexander's next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Thompson on June 20, 2000
For anyone who wants to understand Destroyer sailors and their lives,this is the book to read. For those who have served in the Tin Can Navy, this is the book to read. It will bring back a flood of memories of their own duties in Destroyers. During the Korean War I was CO USS Walke DD723 and we were often in company with the Bole. She was a fine ship, and these are fine sea stories.
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