A Tale of Two Subs: An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary Heroism (Google eBook)

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Grand Central Publishing, May 13, 2008 - History - 304 pages
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On November 19, 1943, the submarine USS Sculpin, under attack by the Japanese, slid below the waves for the last time in what would become one of the most remarkable stories in U.S. Naval history. Not only did several crewmembers survive the sinking - an extremely rare event in World War II submarine warfare - but several were aboard a Japanese aircraft carrier enroute to a POW camp when it was in turn torpedoed and sunk by the Sculpin's sister ship, the USS Sailfish.

At the end of World War II, several unlikely survivors would tell a tale of endurance against these amazing reversals of fortune. For one officer in particular, who knew that being captured could have meant losing the war for the allies, his struggle was not in surviving, but in sealing his own fate in a heartbreaking act of heroism which culminated in the nation's highest tribute, the Medal of Honor.

Sculpin Lt. Commander John Phillip Cromwell was one of the few who knew that American Naval Intelligence had succeeded in cracking Japan's top-secret codes. Cromwell also knew that if the Japanese confirmed this by torturing him, it would force Naval Intelligence to change their encryption, which would potentially change the course of the war. This is Cromwell's story as well.

The incredible interconnection of the Sculpin and the Sailfish has been thoroughly researched by Jonathan McCullough. Through access to the few living survivors, scores of oral histories, never-before translated Japanese war documents, and interviews with Navy veterans, McCullough delivers a gripping and, intimate account for the reader.
  

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Review: A Tale of Two Subs: An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary Heroism

User Review  - Wayne Boerger - Goodreads

While the story at the heart of this book is interesting to anyone who enjoys reading WWII submarine lore, McCullough spends the first 70% of the book describing routine patrols and constantly ... Read full review

Review: A Tale of Two Subs: An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary Heroism

User Review  - Art - Goodreads

A book about the fates of two different submarine crews and how they impacted each other on a dark night. and also account of naval code breaking. This book has some good moments and some okay moments, but I would not call it a bad book. Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
Darkness Visible
The Morning News
First Blood
Hard Luck
Live Ammo
Damn the Torpedoes
Minazuki
Squalus
Rest and Recuperation
The Day of My Calamity
Acknowledge Receipt
Rocks and Shoals
On Sailfish Account
The Torture Farm
Epilogue

The Slot
The Silent Service
Acknowledgments and a Note on the Text
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

JONATHAN J. MCCULLOUGH has served for many years as an editor at Lyons Press, and has edited numerous books on a variety of nonfiction subjects, including World War II.

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