The Last Good War ARCHIE L. McPHERRAN

ISBN: 9781418488611

Published: November 4th 2004

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223 pages


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The Last Good War  by  ARCHIE L. McPHERRAN

The Last Good War by ARCHIE L. McPHERRAN
November 4th 2004 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 223 pages | ISBN: 9781418488611 | 10.45 Mb

People of America may never again see the nation so united in a cause as it was in fighting World War II. For two years the country had resisted becoming directly involved in the war raging in Europe. Once attacked by Japan, the nation fought the warMorePeople of America may never again see the nation so united in a cause as it was in fighting World War II.

For two years the country had resisted becoming directly involved in the war raging in Europe. Once attacked by Japan, the nation fought the war with all its personnel and material resources. The universal draft encouraged volunteers from every walk of life. With millions of men in the military service, women were called upon to work in the factories and ship yards. All civilians were affected by the rationing of food, clothing, tires, and gasoline. Housewives coped with rationing, but also were involved in scrap metal drives, and the saving of fat residue from their cooking.

Hollywood stars volunteered for military service and/or helped to sell war bonds. Other women volunteered for military service, piloted planes from factories to air fields, and piloted planes towing targets for gunnery practice. The viewpoint is from that of the author, who volunteered for the Navy. It relates his adventures first in the Navy athletic program, then as an officer aboard an aircraft carrier in combat in the Atlantic and the Pacific theaters of war. Presented are the lessons he learned about the Navy, including its unique language and procedures.

The book presents both his peaceful adventures, and those that were life threatening, and mentions the loss of pilots, ships, and crew members. Provided is a vivid account of experiencing a forced night landing off Bermuda, and rescue by a Navy destroyer. He paints a beautiful picture of wartime Bermuda, with both its wartime pleasures and its problems. The reader can participate vicariously in life aboard an aircraft carrier both during days of calm, and those periods while under attack. His war experiences included the threat from German submarines while on antisubmarine patrol in the Atlantic.

It reviews the constant threat posed by Japanese Kamikaze (suicide) planes, and the deaths, and the damage they caused. Provided is an account of his carrier being struck by a suicide plane off Okinawa, and the serious damage it caused. The story then is about the nations wind down from the war. The training of carrier pilots off San Diego, and the procedure in the separation of thousands of Navy personnel, who served the nation so well during the war. The book goes on to review the authors life since his own release to inactive duty.



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