Back from the Deep: The Strange Story of the Sister Subs Squalus and Sculpin

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Naval Institute Press, Oct 11, 2012 - History - 256 pages
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This epic World War II saga follows the USS Squalus and Sculpin as they play out their dramatic destinies in the Pacific. The author, a seasoned journalist, re-creates their entire perilous journey. The Squalus sank during a test dive in 1939, but thirty-three trapped crewmen were saved thanks to the revolutionary use of the McCann diving bell. The Sculpin's role in that historic rescue is just the first of many incongruous twists of fate that brought the two subs together after the Squalus was salvaged and rechristened the Sailfish.

Carl LaVO skillfully weaves together the tragic loss of the Sculpin to a Japanese destroyer with the frenetic wrath of its sister sub. Their intertwined fates come to an eerie climax as the Sailfish unleashes a ten-hour attack on the Japanese aircraft carrier Chuyo amid a raging typhoon, unwittingly killing twenty-two of the forty-three Americans captured from the sunken Sculpin. The saga comes to a close with a moving description of the surviving Sculpin crewmen as they face incredible hardship, torture, and disease as POWs in Japan. This book is certain to instill a renewed appreciation for the intrepid men and stealthy boats that were the soul of the Pacific campaign's silent service.
 

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Contents

THE SHORT LIFEOFTHESQUALUS 1 The Survivors
The Volunteers
Spritzs Navy
The Birth of Twins
The Last Dive of the Squalus
The Rescue
Birthof the Ghost Ship PART 2 THE LAST DIVE OF THE SCULPIN 8 War Games in Paradise
Days of Infamy
Sanctuary
Going Home 13 Empire Waters 14 Contact
The Loss of theSculpin 16 Terror onTruk PART 3 THE VALLEY OF DARKNESS 17 The Sailfish Strikes 18 Deliverance
Ashio
An Enemy in Retreat
The Last Year
Back from the Deep
Forever a Vigil Keep Abbreviations Bibliographic Essay Index

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