Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines

Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines By Don Keith, Final Patrol True Stories of World War II Submarines During World War II the U S Navy s submarine service suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American armed forces losing one in five submariners But despite the odds these underwater w
  • Title: Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines
  • Author: Don Keith
  • ISBN: 9780451219510
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines By Don Keith, During World War II, the U.S Navy s submarine service suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American armed forces, losing one in five submariners But despite the odds, these underwater warriors accounted for almost 60 percent of Japanese shipping losses, and were a major factor in winning the war 16 U.S submarines and one German U Boat that saw actionDuring World War II, the U.S Navy s submarine service suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American armed forces, losing one in five submariners But despite the odds, these underwater warriors accounted for almost 60 percent of Japanese shipping losses, and were a major factor in winning the war 16 U.S submarines and one German U Boat that saw action during WWII are now open to the public Most have been restored and authentically equipped Final Patrol takes a fascinating look at these subs andthe personal stories of the brave sailors who lived, fought, and often died in them Now, visitors can climb into these cramped steel cylinders, peer through their torpedo tubes, and imagine diving under the sea perhaps for the last time to stalk a fanatical enemy who threatened our nation s freedom.
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    About "Don Keith"

    1. Don Keith

      Award winning and best selling author Don Keith was born in 1947 and has lived in the South all his life He attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he received his degree in broadcast and film communication with a minor in English and literature While working as a broadcast journalist, he won awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for news writing and reporting He was also the first winner of Troy State University s Hector Award for innovation in broadcast journalism As an on the air broadcaster, Don won the Billboard Magazine Radio Personality of the Year in two formats, country and contemporary Keith was a broadcast personality for over twenty years in Birmingham and Nashville, and also owned his own consultancy, co owned a Mobile, Alabama, radio station WZEW FM , and hosted and produced several nationally syndicated radio shows.His first novel, THE FOREVER SEASON, was published by St Martin s Press in the fall of 1995 to commercial and critical success It called heavily on Keith s own athletic and academic experiences Reviewers praised its unique approach and powerful story The novel won the Alabama Library Association s Fiction of the Year award in 1997, joining works likewise honored from Harper Lee and others, and was re issued in the fall of 2002 by the University of Alabama Press as part of its prestigious Deep South Books series His second novel, WIZARD OF THE WIND, was based on Keith s years in broadcasting As was the first book, the second work was published under the imprint of widely praised New York editor Robert Wyatt as A Wyatt Book for St Martin s Press Keith next released a series of young adult mens adventure novels co written with Kent Wright They are set in NASCAR stock car racing and titled THE ROLLING THUNDER STOCKCAR RACING SERIES The works were released in paperback by Tor Books, as audiobooks by Durkin Hayes Publishing, and in hardback by Econo Clad Books.Don s next novel, a thriller co written with former nuclear submarine commander George Wallace, FINAL BEARING, was released by Forge Books of New York City in April 2003 and quickly became a national bestseller and received great reviews A mass market paperback edition is also available and a Kindle edition is now available from A sequel to that novel is set for publication in July 2012 see below.Keith s first non fiction work, GALLANT LADY, the true story of a remarkable World War II submarine, the USS Archerfish, was written with the significant help of former Archerfish crewmember Ken Henry It was published by Forge Books in June 2004 A trade paperback edition was published in 2005 and an audio version was released by Blackstone Audiobooks, voiced by Alan Sklar The audio book is available at or Audible.Don s next work of military history, IN THE COURSE OF DUTY, was published by the Caliber imprint of Penguin USA The book deals with another amazing WWII submarine, the USS Batfish, her heroic efforts in the Pacific and the wonderful story of how she came to rest today high and dry in a former bean field in Muskogee, Oklahoma the middle of the Dust Bowl and the Cherokee Nation.In 2006, he published FINAL PATROL, another Caliber Penguin release, which tells the personal, behind the scenes stories of each of the 17 WWII submarines that are open to the public around the country as museum ships Each of the non fiction submarine books were offered as featured selections of The Military Book Club.Also in 2006, Cumberland House Press released Don s book of unique vignettes about legendary college football coach Bear Bryant titled THE BEAR THE LIFE AND TIMES OF COACH PAUL BEAR BRYANT.Don s next work was THE ICE DIARIES, the previously untold story of America s first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, and her historic Cold War trip to the North Pole in 1958 The book was co written with Captain William R Anderson, the skipper of Nau

    319 thoughts on “Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines”

    1. Sixteen US and one German U boat is all the submarines from World War II that we have preserved in various locations around the country In Final Patrol, Don Keith gives us a brief history of each sub and details how they came to escape the scrap yard and become museum pieces for us to be able to appreciate You can tell that Keith has a love affair with these vintage machines and their history and it shows in his writing This propels Final Patol from being a bloated tourist pamphlet to an interes [...]


    2. Considering that I work on board one of the boats described in this book, I found it quite interesting The book begins with an overview of submarine actions during the Second World War, and then delves into the histories of the old fleet submarines that are currently museums in the United States If you are very well versed in submarine history and lingo, these stories may seem to be lacking the level of detail that other books might However, it does a wonderful job highlighting the surviving shi [...]


    3. This book is a gripping account of the notable exploits of the sixteen surviving plunging boats that you can go and visit today Don has done a great job researching and compiling stories that provide an albeit small window into the lives of these brave men who manned these engineering marvels For a lay person like me, the stories helped me to visualise the stress and almost inhumane conditions the sub sailors of the past had to work in to pull off these amazing stunts.This book is well worth a r [...]


    4. Riding the AbyssYet another great book relating the bravery and devotion to duty and to the men who manned these boats to preserve our freedoms that we enjoyed because of their unselfish sacrifices during World War II These men were in boats that were captained by men with nerves of steel who were well aware of what pa furious enemy would try to do once they had done their job of sinking the resources that were essential to an island nation or less devoid of natural resources desperately needed [...]


    5. For anyone who loves submarines as much as I do, this book is a must read.There are 16 World War II submarines on diplay and open to the public in various locations around the US This book documents the exploits of each of them, both during the war and afterwards, including the fight to save them for future generations to appreciate.The author has combined information gleaned from officical Navy records with interviews with the remaining veterans who served aboard them to produce a fascinating h [...]


    6. An interesting and insightful look at World War 2 from the submarine perspective Gives away just a little of the secrets of the silent service An excellent read for anyone interested in US submarines.


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