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All the gallant men : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor, Donald Stratton with Ken Gire

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All the gallant men : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor
Title
All the gallant men
Title remainder
an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor
Statement of responsibility
Donald Stratton with Ken Gire
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Language
eng
Summary
At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan's surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a 19-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor's flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart. In this eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack -- the first memoir by a survivor of the USS Arizona -- 94-year-old Donald Stratton shares his tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his determination to return to the fight. Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates -- approximately half the American fatalities at Pearl Harbor. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors' advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America's Second World War. As the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks approaches, Don, a great-grandfather of five and one of six living survivors of the Arizona, offers an intimate reflection on the tragedy that drew America into the greatest armed conflict in history
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
TOH
Dewey number
940.54
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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All the gallant men : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor, Donald Stratton with Ken Gire
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The awakening -- A child of the Depression -- To sea on the Arizona -- The last night -- December 7th -- The damage -- Among angels -- America responds -- Recovery -- Home to Red Cloud -- Back in the fight -- Endgame -- The lessons of Pearl Harbor -- Remembering the Arizona -- Preparing for the seventy-fifth anniversary -- Epilogue: The reunion
Control code
ocn957642534
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062645357
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)957642534
  • BK0018829390
Label
All the gallant men : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor, Donald Stratton with Ken Gire
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The awakening -- A child of the Depression -- To sea on the Arizona -- The last night -- December 7th -- The damage -- Among angels -- America responds -- Recovery -- Home to Red Cloud -- Back in the fight -- Endgame -- The lessons of Pearl Harbor -- Remembering the Arizona -- Preparing for the seventy-fifth anniversary -- Epilogue: The reunion
Control code
ocn957642534
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062645357
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)957642534
  • BK0018829390

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