- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 30, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471127787
- ISBN-13: 978-0471127789
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In nine war patrols, the USS Jack sank 15 Japanese ships and ranked ninth in tonnage sunk by the end of the war. The author of this exciting memoir served as Torpedo Data Computer operator aboard the Jack (he was the one who aimed the torpedoes) and later as its executive officer. Calvert's book ranks with Edward Beach's Run Silent, Run Deep as an accurate, detailed, suspenseful account of submarine operations in the Pacific: the tracking and sinking of tankers, ammunition ships and a transport with a regiment of Japanese troops on board. One convoy commander whose ships crossed paths with the Jack radioed his superiors in Tokyo that he was under attack by a "wolf pack." Calvert also recalls his experiences ashore between patrols, including an unconsummated romance-he was married-with an Australian woman. The memoir climaxes with an unusual account of his unauthorized tour of Tokyo immediately after the Japanese surrender, when he nearly scuttled his naval career by violating occupation rules. Calvert (Surface at the Pole) later served as superintendent of the Naval Academy, Annapolis. Photos.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Another in the recent group of books dealing with wartime memoirs (Point Man, LJ 7/93; Tin Can Man, LJ 2/1/93; Code Name: Copperhead, LJ 6/1/94), this is the story of James Calvert, who was stationed aboard the U.S. Navy attack submarine USS Jack from 1943 to the end of World War II. In a page-turner as good as any war novel, Calvert recounts the history of the eight war patrols that the Jack completed. He also describes the training involved, as well as overcoming problems like faulty torpedoes that hampered early submarine operations against the Japanese. Finally, Calvert tells about an unauthorized sightseeing trip to Tokyo that almost cost him his career. He went on to command the nuclear submarine USS Skate and become superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Calvert's memoir should be at home in any type of library.
Terry L. Wirick, Erie Cty. Lib. System, Pa.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I am grateful for the author's service and for the service of all the men and women in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. I am also grateful that the author devoted the time and effort necessary to share his experiences. True tales like this one serve to remind us of the horrors of war, as well as of the courage shown by those who fight for their countries. Hopefully some day, thanks to such records of wartime experiences, the peoples of the world will cease to depend upon hostile actions and will make peaceful coexistence the only priority.
The author paints such a vivid picture in my mind I could relate to every detail and picture myself right there with them in the boat.
I loved the book.
Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Subarine is a vivid first hand account of the events that the author actually lived through. I found it so interesting that I am now going to read every book I can get my hands on about the US Submarine operations during World War Two. I am hoping I can also find books on the operations of US Battleships, as my pop was a sailor aboard the USS New Mexico in WWII. My pop was wounded during a Kamikaze attack and received many medals for his courage.
I commend James Calvert and wish him only the best. I also highly recommend his outstanding book to everyone.
Jeannie Walker - Award-Winning Author of the true crime thriller "Fighting the Devil"