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A Sea Story: The Untold Story of the U.S. Navy Response to 9/11. by [Pignataro, Joseph]
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NO EASY DAY recounts how the Navy ended the hunt for Bin Laden...A SEA STORY details how it began.


The U.S. Navy was among the first responders on 9/11. Entrusted with the iconic Ground Zero flag, the Roosevelt battlegroup took to the seas searching out those responsible, and to bring justice to a nation in mourning.

1145 September 2001, the U.S.S. Leyte Gulf deployed within hours of the attack on the W.T.C. with orders to shoot down and destroy any "birds not squawking" over New York City. We were entrusted with the Ground Zero flag raised by the NYFD. We flew that flag with pride and determination from our mast on our important mission. After two days we were then redirected to the gulf and given orders to destroy the Taliban with the Tomahawk missiles onboard. During transit, we were told by our Captain that the Taliban would be waiting for us in the narrow Suez canal. So narrow in fact, only a single ship can go through at any one time. If the first and last ship were to be hit by surface to air missiles, there would be no way out. The aircraft carrier U.S.S Roosevelt, would be trapped in the middle and defenseless. There they were, waiting for us on horseback atop the sandy Suez dunes...following us. Just a bunch of scared kids manning the ships 50 cal guns, wondering what was to happen next.

One late night in the gulf, Bush declared war. It was our task to launch the first Tomahawk missiles and kick off the war on terror. We were cut off from the outside world. Email and any other means of communication had been banned for security reasons. Television reports of Anthrax gripping the country with fear and WW3 rumors scuttling through the ships decks. A six man boarding party manned up to routinely search an unresponding suspect Iraqi tanker...what was found would change our lives forever.

This is my sea story.

About the Author

Joseph lives very happily in upstate NY, with his wife Toni and children. Oh, and Maximus, the spoiled Siamese cat. Joseph served as a Tomahawk missile operator, instructor, and Navy recruiter. He has been awarded three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating blend of fact and fiction Sept. 30 2012
By Jill Dennison - Published on
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This is a short novel (216 pages) that blends history with fiction to create a very interesting read. Based on factual events during, and in the months following September 11, 2001, it is the account of one Navy missile operator who was on active duty on that fateful day on the U.S. Navy warship USS Leyte Gulf. Having read everything I could get my hands on about the events and aftermath of 9/11, I have read many fascinating accounts by members of FDNY, NYPD, as well as survivors and civilian eye-witnesses. However until the downfall of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the Navy's Seal Team Six, I never gave much thought to the role of the Navy. In this account we are taken from the initial response of seaman Pignataro and his buddies on the USS Leyte Gulf to their journey through the Suez Canal in October 2001, culminating with the boarding of a ship, the Samra, sailing under the flag of the United Arab Emirates. The Samra was seen in the Persian Gulf listing and riding low, suspected of smuggling oil out of Iraq in violation of the sanctions imposed by the U.N., hence the decision to send a boarding party to inspect the ship. Much of this account is factual while some is undoubtedly creative license. Fact: the USS Leyte Gulf did deploy to the Persian Gulf via the Suez Canal as an escort the USS Roosevelt following the events of 9/11 and returned to the U.S. in April 2002. Fact: the Samra was suspected of smuggling oil and a boarding party did board the ship which was subsequently sunk. Fact: U.S. soldiers were lost in the event. Understand that this is a novel, not a completely factual account, and as such it is certainly an interesting and worthy read. According to a CNN report of November 18, 2001, it was actually sailors from the ship USS Peterson who formed the boarding party, and no mention is made of nuclear weapons being found on the Samra. Of course, some things are not meant to be told to the public and that is as it should be. That said, the author is a seaman, not a professional writer, and certainly there are areas where the writing is not quite up to par and might have been enhanced by the services of a professional editor, but it doesn't detract at all from the story and the story is fascinating. I imagine that writing this book served as a catharsis for the author. The Kindle book is, as of this writing, free from Amazon and I would certainly encourage anyone who is interested to download and read it. I read it in two days and felt it was a story well worthy of my time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for so much better... March 6 2015
By R. Lee Barrett - Published on
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Given the subject matter, I tried so very hard to like this book. Although generally well-written from a technical standpoint, the writing was generally uninspired and largely unbelievable. The narrative rocked back and forth between apparent actual events and fictionalization of actual events to pure fiction in a ham-fisted manner that led to sighs of exasperation and not a little bit of eye-rolling. Works like this are important to understanding the confluence of events and personalities and the impact they have on our culture as well as our history. Maybe because of that belief, many readers will be prone to hold this book to a higher standard; a standard which, unfortunately, it just doesn't meet.
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Aug. 31 2016
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Interesting and we'll paced at the start, but then decreased in authenticity. And the author needs to stop making his characters"smirk." Very distracting. Just not a realistic portrayal, I'm sorry to say.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, every American should read . June 25 2016
By Shirley - Published on
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I thought I was well versed on. Nine eleven, but soon came to realize there was much more
happened than I knew about. A good read.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not completely true! May 8 2012
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This book is a great story but at first I thought it was a true account of what happened to these sailors on the day of 9/11 & thereafter. However, I knew it couldn't be totally true when the author says they sailed by HMS Warrior! That's impossible unless they were in Portsmouth dockyard where that particular ship has been for nearly 100 years! From that moment on I was pretty disappointed as I didn't know what was true and what was 'author's discretion'.
Never mind, a good story anyway, just not a 'True' story.