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Lucky Lady: The World War II Heroics of the USS Santa Fe and Franklin (edition 2003)

by Steve Jackson (Author)

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Title:Lucky Lady: The World War II Heroics of the USS Santa Fe and Franklin
Authors:Steve Jackson (Author)
Info:Da Capo Press (2003), Edition: Reprint, 536 pages
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Lucky Lady: The World War II Heroics of the USS Santa Fe and Franklin by Steve Jackson



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The narrative was written as experiences recollected from a number of "raghats" and officers who served on the light cruiser USS Santa Fe and the fleet carier USS Benjamin Franklin in the Pacific during WW2. Honest and detailed, it was a pleasure to read...I was sad a bit when I finished. As with any large magnitude, historical book, some errors are present but they didn't diminish my reading of this fine book. It made me feel proud to be a veteran. ( )
  Reimerra | Nov 21, 2017 |
This book is for anyone interested in WWII History. If you had any family members on the Santa Fe or Franklin, this is a must.
I have a cousin that was killed in action on the Franklin. This book is a memorial of sorts to him in our family records.
The author writes this book in a very personal manner. It is not a boring read.You get to know the sailors on these ships.A great tribute to those that were lost and those that lived on. ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
An interesting story, generally well told. Unfortunately, the book appears to have been edited by a monkey and is rife with spelling errors, missing words and simple mistakes (for example, commenting on a sailor's experience on the Santa Fe years before the ship was even built), which undermined the enjoyment I took from reading this book. Otherwise, it's an interesting look at life on a warship, told generally well. The author's habit of skipping about in time was a bit annoying at first, but overall it did work as a device to move the story ahead. ( )
  Meggo | Jul 27, 2006 |
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On March 19, 1945, a Japanese bomber screamed toward the USS Franklin and dropped two 500-pound bombs through the ship's decks, killing hundreds of officers and enlisted men in just the first few moments, and thrusting the lives of nearly 3,000 other American seamen and aviators into mortal danger. As the Franklin listed dangerously near capsizing, the light cruiser USS Santa Fe, nicknamed the Lucky Lady, bellied up alongside her flaming hull and attempted the most daring rescue in U.S. naval history. Lucky Lady recreates the legendary World War II careers of the Franklin—the most decorated naval vessel of the war—and the Santa Fe—unparalleled in frontline service and avoiding casualties—through the eyes of the men on board. Perspectives range from the highest levels of rank and flying altitude to deep within the ships' bowels. Through the bloody years of the Pacific campaign—from Pearl Harbor to the Philippines to the waters just off the coast of Japan, and finally the decimated city of Nagasaki—the crewmembers encountered all the circumstances of war. Now in paperback, this book will be cherished by readers of military history as a fitting tribute with stirring echoes in our present time. Photographs are featured.

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Retells one of the great rescue stories of World War II, with details of kamikaze attacks, typhoons, and torpedo attacks as the light cruiser Santa Fe struggled to rescue the crew of the sinking aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Franklin.

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