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The Second Pearl Harbor: The West Loch Disaster, May 21, 1944 Hardcover – Aug 20 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (Aug. 20 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806144769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806144764
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Gene Eric Salecker is a military historian whose published work includes Disaster on the Mississippi: The Sultana Explosion, April 27, 1865 and Blossoming Silk against the Rising Sun: U.S. and Japanese Paratroopers in the Pacific in World War II.

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HASH(0x9ba3b51c) out of 5 stars A Forgotten Tragedy of World War II Nov. 3 2015
By Albert A. Nofi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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'A frequently gripping account of one of the most devastating yet least reported accidents to American forces in the Second World War, the explosion of several ammunition-laden LSTs in Pearl Harbor that killed over 150 servicemen and wounded nearly 400 more. Although he opens with several short chapters to set the stage for the West Loch disaster, covering preparations of the invasion of the Marianas and a look at the LST, Salecker, author of several books on the Pacific War, focuses tightly on May 20-22, 1944. He goes into particular detail for these days, and particularly the 21st: 15 of his 24 chapters deal with that date, often literally on a minute-by-minute basis, cutting back and forth among several ships or land installations, to recount the experiences of quite a number of sailors, marines, and coastguardsmen as the disaster unfolded. Salecker’s final chapters deal with salvage operations, the heroic death of Navy diver Owen Hammerberg, the last man awarded a Medal of Honor for non-combat heroism, the court of inquiry, which led to some important changes in ammunition handling procedures, the imposition of censorship, and why the incident is still barely known, despite the passage of 70 years. A gripping tale, The Second Pearl Harbor will prove rewarding for anyone interested in the Pacific War or military history in general.'

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HASH(0x9ba3c2e8) out of 5 stars Simply the best book out there on this little known May 3 2015
By Steve Price - Published on
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Simply the best book out there on this little known, but important event in WW II history. Information here that I have not seen anywhere else. Great research.
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HASH(0x9b1fb5b8) out of 5 stars A good story about the events of the West Loch Disaster ... Dec 29 2014
By Zepp650 - Published on
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A good story about the events of the West Loch Disaster with help from the people who were there.