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<i>You Only Blow Yourself Up Once</i>: Confessions of a World War Two Bomb Disposaleer Paperback – November 16, 2003


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (November 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595295436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595295432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Frank Durham volunteered for Bomb Disposal shortly after Pearl Harbor, and was commissioned as an officer on Guadalcanal. After the war, he started a family, flew small planes, worked the farm and became a civic leader in Greencastle, Indiana, where he maintains an active law practice and busy life.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Boots McMacon on May 19, 2004
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I started reading this book on Sunday and didn't put it down until two days later when I finished it. It is a great historical perspective of Navy bomb disposal experts and their role in the Pacific during World War II. Lots of personal insights on the battle for Iwo Jima. I strongly recommend it for history bluffs and those who enjoy reading a great biographical tale from a foot soldier (or foot sailor) of one of the greatest battles in our nation's history. Captain David E. Meadows, U.S. Navy and author of Sixth Fleet & Joint Task Force series. [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bomb Man58 on July 26, 2010
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J. Frank Durham and Doug Hay have put together a great personal account of Bomb Disposal (BD) operations in the Pacific during World War 2. BD became an exacting and unforgiving military science due to the experiences of the British BD Officers and their teams during the London Blitz. These early experiences of making large aircraft bombs safe so they could be safely removed from around vital infrastructure and safely disposed of commenced a 'tit for tat' exchange between the fuze makers and the BD personnel;as fuze design became more sophisticated and deadly. Also a fair few fuzes failed to function through mass production means and (possibly) poor quality control.

Since the Second World War, BD has continued to become more sophisticated and demanding on personnel as white phosphorous, chemical munitions and sophisticated rockets and missile systems have been added to the inventory of the BD operator. Some militaries refer to these personnel as EOD Technicians now. However the rules are the same and selection of personnel is based upon an exacting (and unforgiving)process.

The authors have related a great account of BD operations in the Pacific and trace the experience of J. Frank Durham from his induction into the US Navy through his BD training and on to operations in the South Pacific. He was subsequently transferred back to the United States and completed the war as a BD Instructor.

I liked this book because it gave an account of personal experiences of a person who saw a different perspective of the Second World War, while near the front line, BD work is another confrontation with the enemy and, as the title states, only allows you to make a mistake once and usually not live to experience another.
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By David L. on March 4, 2014
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Often overlooked area of war. This first hand account would be extremely interesting to any WWII buff! Don`t often get this perspective!
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Gave it to my son as he was starting EOD school. He really enjoyed reading about how the "old guys did it"
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By Irvin W. Brewer on February 2, 2007
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Just a wonderful book by one of Indiana WW2 hero's. Serious content but lightfully written.

Wayne Brewer
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