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Crossing the line : a bluejacket's World War…

Crossing the line : a bluejacket's World War II odyssey (1994)

by Alvin B. Kernan

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Enlisting at 17 after growing up in Saratoga, Wyoming, Kernan spent 4 years on carriers in the Pacific. On the Enterprise for her Dec 8 return to Pearl, he was also with her on the first US carrier raid and the battle of Midway. He survived the Hornet sinking and was present as a flight gunner when Butch O'Hare was lost.

His description of life onshore, onship and in the air would be worth the read even without his presence at these momentous events.

Orginally written as a memoir for his family but published after encouragement from other WW 2 authors, it is an excellent addition to the short list of books written by someone from the ranks. ( )
  jamespurcell | Apr 20, 2008 |
excellent first person WWII Navy seaman account
  xestobium25 | Mar 25, 2008 |
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In this memoir of life aboard aircraft carriers during World War II, Alvin Kernan combines vivid recollections of his experience as a young enlisted sailor with a rich historical account of the Pacific war. Kernan served in many battles and was aboard the Hornet when it was sunk by torpedoes in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
“One of the most arresting naval autobiographies yet published.”—Sir John Keegan
“An honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[Kernan] recounts a wonderful and exciting American story about a poor farm boy from Wyoming who enlisted in the Navy. . . .[He] has written eight other books. I will go back and read them all.”—John Lehman, Air & Space
“Details . . . make the moment vivid; that is what it was like, on the Hornet in its last hours.”—Samuel Hynes, New York Times Book Review

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