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Anthology of Naval Stories in World War II, emphasizing those in the Navy, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard.
John T. Ryan (email@example.com) from United States
31 October 2007
Top Grade Anthology of Naval Experiences in World War II, it took in
Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.
The Anthology or series of unrelated stories, usually bound together by
a particular Host/M.C. or by a limitation to one particular theme. This
would be the case as it applies to this "NAVY LOG" (1955-58).
The series concentrated its attentions on the true stories of men in
the Naval end of World War II. Because of their being so intertwined
with the Navy and indeed being an independent Armed Service, but under
the Department of the Navy, many of the stories are those of the
"Leathernecks" or "Devil Dogs" or "Jarheads", or whatever affectionate
nickname that you'd prefer to use.. And because that during time of
Declared War, they are detailed to the Navy, some of the stories may
also feature the stories of Coast Guardsmen.
Each story was of course, a complete telling of one single man's War
Experiences. It didn't, to our knowledge, ever refer to nor have any
relation to another. The subject could vary from the story of say,
Admiral Halsey to any draftee Marine or Sailor, like my Pop, Clem Ryan
(1914-74) draftee to the Navy, who served as an Electrician's Mate
stationed in Southampton, England in 1944-45.
We can well remember on story which a young man is brought up on the
family farm, but is unable to shoot any deer during hunting season.
During his service in the Navy, circumstances demand that he use a
B.A.A.R. in battling with Japanese forces. For this action he is
recipient of awards for his valor under fire during extreme conditions.
And upon his return home, when out on the hunt, he finds that he still
cannot use his gun to bag any deer. Supportive, his father understands.
In another, a Naval or Marine Aviator is shot down and is stranded all
by himself behind Japanese lines on some unnamed Pacific Atoll. While
being concealed in a position both behind the enemy and slightly above
them, the downed flyer made use of his passing arm on the gridiron to
"pass" a hand grenade. Into enemy Fox Holes, during time of Allied Air
Attacks, thus creating the illusion that the American and British
Planes were causing the damage.
"NAVY LOG" provided us with a straight forward, realistic and
unglamorized portrait of mostly "regular fellers" in the Naval
Operations of World War II. We sure miss it and wish that we had it out
in DVD now.
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