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Pigboat 39: An American Sub Goes to War

by Bobette Gugliotta

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The book is tremendously readable. It is not a story of a 'great' military accomplishment, at least not in the traditional sense. It is a wonderful account of what it was like to serve on an Sboat in the early days of WW 2. Personally, I would regard anyone willing to dive in a submarine as brave. Doing so in one of these antiquated vessels was an act of great faith. The mood of the men, from enlisted to officer is captured well and transmitted to the reader skillfully. If you have any interest in this era of naval warfare, this book belongs on your shelf. ( )
  Whiskey3pa | Oct 22, 2012 |
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" Constructed in 1923, the American submarine S39 was practically an antique when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor. With defective torpedoes, a semi-trained crew, and a primitive ventilation system (hence the nickname), she nevertheless sank two enemy vessels and eluded pursuit to fight again in the Solomons. This is the little-known story of how an unprepared navy fought with what it had until the tide could be turned. Bobette Gugliotta was one of the S-39 wives. With the technical assistance of her husband, Guy, an officer who served on three of the S-class boats during the war, she presents an accurate and absorbing account of submarine operations and warfare. No less valuable is her candid and sympathetic portrayal of the men and women whose lives were caught up in the voyage of the S-39.

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