Cruise of the Lanikai: Incitement to War

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Naval Institute Press, 1973 - History - 345 pages
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In early December 1941 in the Philippines, a young Navy ensign named Kemp Tolley was given his first ship command, an old 76-foot schooner that had once served as a movie prop in John Ford's "The Hurricane." Crewed mostly by Filipinos who did not speak English and armed with a cannon that had last seen service in the Spanish-American War, the Lanikai was under top-secret presidential orders to sail south into waters where the Japanese fleet was thought to be. Ostensibly the crew was to spy on Japanese naval movements, but to Tolley it was clear that their mission was to create an incident that would provoke war. Events overtook the plan, however, when Pearl Harbor was bombed before the Lanikai could get underway. When Bataan and Corregidor fell, she was ordered to set sail for Australia and became one of the few U.S. naval vessels to escape the Philippines. In this book Tolley tells the saga of her great adventure during these grim, early days of the war and makes history come alive as he regales the reader with details of the operation and an explanation of President Roosevelt's order. Tolley's description of their escape in Japanese warship-infested waters ranks with the best of sea tales, and few will be able to forget the Lanikai's 4,000-mile, three-month odyssey.
  

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US Naval officer just off the China Station is given the task of sailing a old schooner through Japanese waters showing the American flag. This is a true story and implicates President Roosevelt in ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
17
Section 4
43
Section 5
56
Section 6
59
Section 7
62
Section 8
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
255
Section 23
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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About the author (1973)

Kemp Tolley, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, wrote two other books about his experiences, Caviar and Commissars and Cruise of the Lanikai. He died in November 2000 at the age of ninety-two.

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