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A Careless Word...A Needless Sinking: by Captain Arthur R. Moore. The history of the staggering losses suffered by the U.S. Merchant Marine, both in ships and personnel during World War II. American Merchant Marine Museum, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY.

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I just finished Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater by Brayton Harris. An OK book that could have been better by making it longer and adding more detail. I liked the anecdotes the author used to help define his character. probably the best way to give the sense of the man in such a short book.

The author does mention the great debates after the war when there was serious consideration to reduce or eliminate the Navy and Marine Corps. While I am familiar with this, I'd love to learn more. Does anyone know of any good books on the subject?
A good overview of Nimitz, but no real meat here.
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I just finished ready "Goodbye, Darkness" by William Manchester. It is one strange book. What is good is really good, but what is bad is really, really bad.

 

I read this book a number of years ago and agree completely with your assessment (as you spelled out in a later post).

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"Abba Eban: An Autobiography"

HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC








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"Whoever stood in front of the corn field at Antietam needs no praise." . . . . . Rufus R. Dawes, 6th Wisconsin.

 

 

Seeking the unit history of Company D, 321st Machine Gun Battalion, 82nd Division.

 

Looking to purchase the nine volume set WAR DIARIES OF GERMAN UNITS OPPOSED TO THE SECOND DIVISION (REGULAR).

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Thought I would bring this back to the top with some books I have read rather recently -

 

*The Dead and Those About to Die by John C. McManus - great book about the 1st division landing on D-Day. Goes into great detail about every aspect of the events that day from the point of view of that unit. I also appreciated the author describing the many mistakes or poor decisions that were made as well. The heavy useless equipment some had and the tanks that sank like a stone first come to mind. Too often I have seen it described on TV, documentaries or whatnot as almost a perfectly executed plan. Had the Germans been properly prepared and reinforced who knows what could have happened...

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*Lee and His Men at Gettysburg by Clifford Dowdey - goes in depth on the Confederate planning and tactics used during the battle and the overall Gettysburg campaign. Mainly focuses on the officers and the big names. I found the book interesting. However, I did find the author seemed to give Lee a pass and blamed his subordinates for losing the battle. I think the author was from Virginia so he probably was not as impartial as he could have been. Might as well named the book "Why Lee's Men Let him Down" or something to that affect.

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In Harms Way by Doug Stanton -

 

I reread this one - As many know it is a classic on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during WWII. Great all around book that focuses on several different types of characters and their points of view. Still find it very sad what happened to Capt McVay and how he was made the scapegoat when so many others either dropped the ball or were incompetent. I also wish they would make a decent movie on this and give it the treatment and budget it would deserve.

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I really enjoyed that book.

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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Mary Chesnut's diary "Civil War"

Finally tackling all 850+ pages of that, truly an interesting book, personal view of civilian life in the South before, during and following the war.

HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC








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Just finished this book by Gerald Astor and its an excellent read especially if you are into airborne history. He was a WWII veteran and authored a number of interesting books.

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Awesome book, got to meet col. Wm boyle years ago. He lived in Saratoga NY. He was mayor also for awhile.

 

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Read two books in a week... "Legend" and 13 Hours

 

Both were hard to put down.

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Evelyn Wood Speed Reading? Nah that would be two books a day, big ones like War and Peace and The Longest Day :lol:

 

;)...may have to switch to audio books at my advanced age.... :lol:

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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I'm on this one as an audiobook.... interesting combination of history and a psychological perspective. Brutal and dark at times....yet interesting first person material.

 

It is based on wartime recorded conversations with German POWs....

 

https://books.google.com/books/about/Soldiers.html?id=fatrNAEACAAJ&source=kp_book_description

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Always interested in the 166th Infantry, 42nd Division, A.E.F.

Quality WW1 studio portraits and real photo postcards of Distinguished Service Cross recipients; showing steel helmets; or other interesting content.

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Currently reading "I'm Staying With My Boys" about USMC legend John Basilone. It's a great read in my opinion, although it's written in the first person so I have to keep reminding myself it's not an autobiography.

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