A Tale of Two Subs: An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary Heroism
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 HeroismUser Review - Goodreads
This is a fine telling of the story of sister subs in the Pacific. The one subs inauspicious beginnings having sunk. The trials of early war patrols using torpedoes that were of questionable ability ... Read full review
Review: A Tale of Two Subs: An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary HeroismUser 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
Rest and Recuperation
The Day of My Calamity
Rocks and Shoals
On Sailfish Account
The Torture Farm
The Silent Service
Acknowledgments and a Note on the Text