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The Silent Service in World War II: The Story of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force in the Words of the Men Who Lived It by [Edward Monroe-Jones, Michael Green]

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“This is a compilation of many stories that originally appeared in the Polaris Magazine and is edited by Edward Monroe-Jones (A USSVI Life/Holland Club member and a member of the Bremerton Base) and Michael Green. Although you may have read these stories in the Polaris, it is worth the effort to read them again. I suspect that many of the AS readers and USSVI members have never read the Polaris so these are all new recollections. The book is designed for submariners and non-submariners alike as there is an excellent glossary at the beginning to define the abbreviations used. There are 46 separate “sea stories” that range from 1940 through 1945. It is an easy enjoyable read which I recommend.”
American Submariner

“ the reader a greater understanding of what it was like to be a U.S. Navy submariner in combat …the most comprehensive work ever assembled on World War II submarines then or since”
Naval Historical Foundation

"enjoyable collection of good sea tales, with stories that intrigue and capture the imagination..."
Northern Mariner

"…provides a colorful picture of the difficulties these crewmen encountered during the war…This eclectic collection of short reminiscences should help make the wartime experiences of those men available to a wider audience"
The Journal of America’s Military Past

"For this history collection, the first-person narratives of WWII veterans who served on S and fleet-type submarines are divided into three chronological sections....The book includes a glossary of technical terms and submariner slang, as well as background on the features of submarines and a run-down of common misconceptions about submarine life. The b&w historical photos come primarily from the Naval Historical Center and the National Archives, with a few from private collections. The book also includes a two-page b&w map of the Pacific."
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00B1GSJK0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Casemate (December 7, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 7, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6126 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 281 pages
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    4.3 out of 5 stars 306 ratings

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Michael Green is a freelance writer, researcher, and photographer. He specializes in military subjects and has authored and coauthored over 100 non-fiction books, for both children and adults. His books have been translated into several languages. Mr. Green is an honorary lifetime member of the "Marine Corps Tanker Association," as well as the U.S. Army Brotherhood of Tankers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sub Book I have been waiting for a long time for !!!!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 6, 2013
The Silent Service in WWII is a submarine book that has been a long time overdue. There is no shortage of US based sub memoirs and books based on the history of a particular submarine but there are few books that bring together the stories of the typical WWII US sub sailor. The book is broken into 3 sections, early war, mid and late war. Within each section are several stories, most only a few pages long, that tell about an individual sailors particular experience during the war. The stories used were pulled from articles previously published in publications such as Polaris magazine but before learning that I thought the author had personally interviewed at least most of these veterans directly. It does not matter though, the stories were well selected and are interesting. I thought it was a good idea that the majority of the ones the author chose to include are not about sinking ships but instead are more personal stories, some of which are quite poignant or humorous. Some of them include such experiences as a keeping a dog stowed away on board,a lookout surviving a too rapid submergence, surviving the sinking of the USS Grenadier, taking prisoners, rescuing downed fliers and an interesting passage of the submarine services only known kamikaze attack ! The only 2 critisicm's is that the story of one of the survivors of the USS Flier, though well told and interesting has been covered in at least two recently published books. I would have preferred those 30 pages or so to cover some of the more untold tales of the silent service. Also, the book should have been better proof read. Not a big deal but there are several misspellings such as in the photo section the USS Ronquil is called the Ranquil. I think any person who enjoys reading about WWII would like this book and if you are a big USN/submarine book reader like myself I highly recommend adding this volume to your bookshelf !
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