The Raft

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Naval Institute Press, 1992 - History - 213 pages
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The Raft is a soldier's straightforward report of his thirty-four-day ordeal adrift in a tiny raft in the Pacific with two other men and almost no equipment or supplies during WWII. The story is engaging by reason of its remarkable events, rather than any felicity of style or depth of reflection.

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User Review  - yeremenko - LibraryThing

Interesting read about one of the great survival stories of all time. This book gives a great insight into the culture of the 1940s as well as the details of how these men survived. Interestingly ... Read full review

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

Reporter Robert Trumbull's book "The Raft" tells the story of Harold Dixon, Tony Pastula and George Aldrich. The trio's plane crashed in the ocean during World War II and they floated in a rubber raft ... Read full review

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Robert Trumbull was born in Chicago in 1912 and graduated from the University of Washington at Seattle. He worked as a reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser from 1933 to 1943 but began writing for the New York Times in 1941, serving during World War II as the Times war correspondent in the Pacific theater until 1945. The US Navy awarded him the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon for his wartime reports. After the war he continued writing for the Times, serving as a foreign correspondent, chief correspondent, and bureau chief in such places as Japan, the Philippines, South and Southeast Asia, Tokyo, China, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands, and Canada. As well as contributing articles on Asian and Pacific affairs to Encyclopedia Americana, Reader s Digest, Saturday Review, and New York Times Magazine, he was the author of ten nonfiction books. For his The Scrutable East: A Correspondent s Report on Southeast Asia, he won the Overseas Press Club s Cornelius Ryan Award in 1964, an award given yearly for best nonfiction book on international affairs.

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