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"Americansthat lived during World War II exhibited Patriotism that has not sincemanifested itself in equal merit."
When Bill Shroutgraduated from Akron High, he left his Indiana farm home to serve in the U.S.Navy during World War II. Hisattention to detail is peerless as he tells of memories of boot camp and theninto harm’s way in the Pacific with the crew of the small amphibious supportship, LCS (L)(3) 73.
In an early review by Commander Louis J. Mullineaux, USNR(ret.)
Notable quotes are:
“Bill was just 17 when he entered the Navy, a small-townboy who had strong family ties and whose mother taught him his values and moralside of life.”
“At Boot Camp he was thrown together with recruits fromall over, from small towns and large cities, and he began to learn and makefriends with those of vastly different lifestyles than his.”
“It was a revelation to once again travel through BootCamp and relive those events of so long ago. The Author tells the tale in a most interesting and revealing way--it wasgood to take the trip with him, reminisce and recall the good old boys whobecame our Shipmates and many our lifelong friends.”
“His account of the commissioning, provisioning, trainingand sea trials of the 73 takes onethrough the evolution of a seaman andinto the harrowing experience of warfare at sea. It is an exciting trip and we are fortunate he shared it withus.”
Writingcritics comments include:
“Precise in accuracy, yet poignantly fresh andendearing--the story tugs at your heart and won’t let go until it isfinished.”
“Superbly crafted, transporting the reader from innocenceto manhood through the eyes of a young man turned sailor during our world’sbiggest war.”
“The story is a timeless work of art, a contribution tohistory, yet told in witty narrative style that equals the best in literaturefor colloquial voice.”
Pointof interest to USS Pennsylvania website viewers:
The author’sship was assigned to screen and run interference for the Pennsy on the fatefulnight of August 12, 1945. The aerial torpedo that hit the Pennsy was set a little shallow. It first scrapped the hull of the author’s small ship withoutdetonation and then continued on to do its devastation to the mightyPennsylvania.
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