WAKE OF THE WAHOO by Forest J. Sterling


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When Yeoman Sterling reported aboard U.S. Submarine Wahoo at Pearl Harbor in October of 1942, the boat had yet to achieve its legendary fame. Sterling, now a professional writer, offers a personal, enlisted man's account of the events which made Wahoo famous, from its second through sixth war patrols against the Japanese. It is a good picture of life aboard a submarine. Here are the long hours of night watch, the humor of crew quarters, the leaves in Brisbane and Pearl; and here too are the daring attacks which sank dozens of ships and the following agony of countless depth charge and aerial attacks. Impressions of skipper ""Mush"" Morton and executive Dick O'Kane are lively, if idealized. The author's account ends as he is transferred off Wahoo in 1943, only hours before the boat sailed for her seventh---and fatal---patrol in Japanese waters.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1960
Publisher: Chilton