An excellently written, first person, eyewitness account of the Battle of the Coral Sea The USS Lexington, at the time one of our two largest aircraft carriers, and her crews, fought a fine, heroic battle against a larger Japanese fleet and came out the victors, only to succomb to her injuries hours after the battle was over. Good History and good anecdotes with a personnel touch. This book is the first person account of a man s experience onboard the USS Lexington during the early days of World War II in the Pacific There is plenty of detail of life aboard ship and descriptions of the US Navy s first attempts to strike back at the Empire of Japan following Pearl Harbor, including several smaller actions in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea The Fighting Lady came to her end during the Battle of Coral Sea, but she gave a severe thrashing to the numerically superior forces around her first This is a great story, even if told in a somewhat dated manner Several passages stood out to me, including this quote from an aviator taking part in the action around the Japanese occupied town of Salamua The romantic writers who spent years misinforming us by telling of Japanese immunity to fear and of the universal Japanese desire to be killed fighting for their emperor, should have seen the interest those Japs showed in remaining alive I also found it striking that sailors from the stricken, sinking Coral Sea had the presence of mind to pull up gallons of ice cream from the mess decks and eat it on the flight deck while waiting their turn to jump overboard and abandon ship Even though leaking aviation fuel and fumes doomed the Lexington, the crew s departure was a well run, orderly affair. I am lucky enough to own a first edition This is an amazing book embedded journalists are nothing new Stanley Johnston brings the U.S.S Lexington to life really makes it personal, you know and feel for the crew as they battle across the Atlantic This is the first historical account which made me cry I wept through last chapter as the mighty warship and her crew face the end Incredibly powerful and moving, if you do not read history, read this one. A contemporary account of life on a carrier It covers episodes such as the crossing of the Line the Equator and the initiation of those that hadn t done it before, raids on Japanese outposts, and finally the Battle of the Coral Sea.The reader should be aware that this book is at least partly propaganda but it feels like good natured propaganda The US was in need of some good news, and here they are in book format It s clear that the author emphasises all the good points in the US Navy and skims over relatively quickly the sadder parts of the story, such as the casualties.All in all it was an extremely good and interesting read, full of little interesting technical details The only caveat is precisely that it is a very biased view, but as long as the reader is aware of it, no harm is done.Recommended it s not about brief history, but author s very own experience board the ship during the event.Precious records, and an nice book to read. An eyewitness account of the wartime life of the first USS Lexington CV 2 through her sinking in the Battle of the Coral Sea Stanley Johnston was a journalist embedded within the crew and provides a running narrative based on his own personal observations as well as interviews with various crewmembers An interesting read as it brings to life many details of life aboard a wartime carrier that one misses with most writings This book should be read by someone with a working knowledge of the events of the early Pacific War the narrative has not been altered and includes many inaccuracies that were later identified and corrected in the war misidentifying the Japanese carrier Shoho as the Ryukaku, Japanese Messerschmitts, etc. I read this book a very long time ago long enough that I seem to recall some sticker shock when I shelled out the 1.25 cover price , but I still remember the impression it made on me It was one of the first eye witness accounts of a WWII battle I had read Johnston s descriptions of life on an aircraft carrier and of the heat and confusion of battle made it all very real to the kid I was at the time After that I was hooked and have been fascinted by WWII history ever since. This is the story of the USS Lexington s action during the Battle of the Coral Sea Because it was published in the immediate aftermath of the battle, there were certain restrictions placed on its content For example, almost no other US ships in the engagement are mentioned by name The other aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown, is only ever referred to as Carrier II Other subsequent descriptions of the battle are undoubtedly accurate as to the details of the battle For example, as is typical in combat, claimed victories tend to be overstated Two pilots may each claim the same kill, for instance Near the end of the book, the author states that US forces inflicted twice the damage that they received Although considered a strategic victory for the US, tactically the Battle of the Coral Sea was a minor victory for Japanese forces There are also a few other errors, none of which I found particularly bothersome Planes from the Lex sank the Japanese carrier Shoho, which is identified here as the Ryukaku likely a mis translation.The author was an Australian American war correspondent Although he had no formal training as a journalist, I found this book exceptional He was the only journalist on board the Lexington He was able to make significant notes of his time on board and managed to save most of them He interviewed quite a few of the pilots and crew and uses their own words to tell many of the tales These stories span the weeks before Coral Sea and are quite varied.Highly recommended. This Is The Incredible Story Of A Historic Battle And A Gallant Ship, The Aircraft Carrier USS Lexington She Lived As Gloriously As She Fell, Her Memory Gave All Who Remembered Pearl Harbor And Saw Her Noble End The Strength To Carry On The Defense Of The United States Of America At The Height Of The Attack Against The Lex On May The Carrier S Batteries Filled The Sky With Bursts Of Antiaircraft Fire, Fighting Off The Combined Attack Of Dive Bombers And Torpedo Planes The Decks Were Filled With The Cries Of The Wounded And The Dying Those Who Took Part Will Never Forget The Legendary Exploits Of The Valiant And Daring Men Of The US Navy Who Participated In The Hazardous And Crucial Battle Of The Coral Sea
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