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By Alvin B. Kernan

During this memoir of lifestyles aboard plane providers in the course of global battle II, Alvin Kernan combines vibrant memories of his event as a tender enlisted sailor with a wealthy old account of the Pacific conflict. Kernan served in lots of battles and used to be aboard the Hornet while it used to be sunk by way of torpedoes within the conflict of the Santa Cruz Islands.“One of the main arresting naval autobiographies but published.”—Sir John Keegan“An sincere tale of collective braveness, evocative, well-written, and glued ahead of the colours fade.”—Kirkus Reviews“[Kernan] recounts a superb and interesting American tale a few terrible farm boy from Wyoming who enlisted within the military. . . .[He] has written 8 different books. i'm going to return and browse them all.”—John Lehman, Air & Space“Details . . . make the instant vibrant; that's what it used to be like, at the Hornet in its final hours.”—Samuel Hynes, manhattan instances ebook overview

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There was barely enough room on the two decks for all the planes after space was left for landing or taking off, and they had to be spotted with the greatest skill, like the puzzles with moveable pieces and only one empty space. When planes were about to land, all the planes on the flight deck had to be pushed forward to leave enough room aft. Those for which there was no space were pushed onto one of the three elevators and taken down to the hangar deck, where other crews picked them up and moved them around that deck.

But Adm. Chester Nimitz, soon to be the commander of the Pacific Fleet, must have had some understanding of what Pearl Harbor meant for the long run, for later, when he was assembling the fleet to fight the Battle of Midway, he left out several seaworthy battleships that were assembled in San Francisco. Wisely, no one ordered us to fight our way to Manila, Truk, or Yokosuka, and we were kept on patrols during December and early January, 36 Cruising guarding the approaches to the Hawaiian Islands, going back and forth across the 180th meridian, the International Date Line.

The Enfield weighed three pounds more than the Springfield, and we soon found out just what those three pounds meant at the end of a long, hot ten hours on the grinder. Not only that, you lived with that heavy rifle in boot camp, using it in morning calisthenics, running around the grinder with it at high port for punishment, slamming it around your head and shoulders with one hand while going through the manual of arms. In the end you were stronger for having lugged that extra three pounds about with you, but Atlas could have been no gladder to get rid of his load than we were when we finally gave those huge, heavy guns back to the armory.

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