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The Bravest Man epub ebook

by William Tuohy

The Bravest Man epub ebook

Author: William Tuohy
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Language: English
Publisher: Sutton Publishing; 1st Edition edition (November 10, 2001)
Pages: 432 pages
ISBN: 0750927674
ISBN13: 978-0750927673
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William Tuohy's book "The Bravest Man" did include many interesting facts not included in other WWII submarine books, such as the maximum diving depth of the subs, details about the amount of fuel and water aboard ship, number of submarine casualties, and tonnage of Japanese.

William Tuohy's book "The Bravest Man" did include many interesting facts not included in other WWII submarine books, such as the maximum diving depth of the subs, details about the amount of fuel and water aboard ship, number of submarine casualties, and tonnage of Japanese ships sunk. Captain Dick O'Kane was an amazing and fearless commander who was the most successful American submarine commander of WWII.

The Bravest Man book. William, or Bill, Tuohy was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who, for most of his career, was a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Books by William Tuohy. Mor. rivia About The Bravest Man

After retiring, Tuohy wrote two books of naval history

After retiring, Tuohy wrote two books of naval history. The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane and . Submariners in the Pacific War was published in 2001 in the . Richard O'Kane was the Executive Officer of USS Wahoo during World War II and later received a Medal of Honor for his service in command of USS Tang. His second book, America's Fighting Admirals: Winning the War at Sea in World War II was published in 2007

The Bravest Man. Richard O’Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang.

The Bravest Man. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Tuohy captures all the danger, the terror, and the pulse-pounding action of undersea combat as he chronicles O’Kane’s wartime career–from his valiant service as executive officer under Wahoo skipper Dudley Mush Morton to his electrifying patrols as commander of the USS Tang and his incredible escape, with eight other survivors, after Tang was. sunk by its own defective torpedo.

The Bravest Man : The Story of Richard O'Kane and U. S. Submariners in the Pacific Wa. Submariners in the Pacific War. by William Tuohy.

The Bravest Man Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang by William Tuohy and Publisher Presidio Press. Canadian customers may purchase from our stores in Canada or the US. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: 9780307554871, 0307554872. The print version of this textbook is ISBN: 9780891418894, 089141889X. Canada.

Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Tuohy captures all the danger, the terror, and the pulse-pounding action of. .sunk by its own defective torpedo

Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Tuohy captures all the danger, the terror, and the pulse-pounding action of undersea combat as he chronicles O’Kane’s wartime career–from his valiant service as executive officer under Wahoo skipper Dudley Mush Morton to his electrifying patrols as commander of the USS Tang and his incredible escape, with eight other survivors, after Tang was. Above all, The Bravest Man is the dramatic story of mavericks who broke the rules and set the pace to become a new breed of hunter/killer submariners who waged a unique brand. Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang. By William Tuohy 2006, Presidio Press ISBN 089141889X Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages. Descripton: There’s no margin for mistakes in submarines. You’re either alive or dead. Richard O’KaneHailed as the ace of aces, captain Richard O’Kane, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his consummate skill and heroism as a submarine skipper, sank more enemy ships and saved more downed fliers than anyone else. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Tuohy captures all the danger, the terror, and the.

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Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this tells the true story of an all-American war hero, Dick O'Kane and gives insights into the secret troubles of the U.S. Navy.
Reviews (7)
Morlurne
Until the atom began to provide energy for submarines, underwater boats were usually named for fish. Shark, Trout, Albacore. And Tang. One would think this powerful warboat was named after a aggressive fish unafraid even of sharks. But tang is a generic word for many species in the scalpelfish family, so named because a bone in their tails can put a dandy slice through your finger. Indeed, numerous representatives of the colorful tang are in the 6 inch class and make a fine contribution to a saltwater aquarium.

In The Bravest Man: Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang,Pulitzer Prize winning author William Tuohy weaves a multi-colored blanket of history about the silent service of the early 1940s, and especially about the Tang and her only commanding officer, Commander Richard "Dick" O'Kane, a Naval Academy graduate from the early 30s. Tang sank 27 Japanese ships altogether, the highest kill rate of any American submarine in the war, and on her third patrol alone she took out 10 merchant ships.

That kind of record should mean Tang is tied up at a seaport somewhere in the United States where the mind-boggling exploits of her crew can be told and re-told and admirers can tour the cramped insides. First, however, Tang will have to be found on the bottom of the Pacific, re-floated, and made watertight. Tang didn't go down because of enemy action. She sank herself.

One of the Navy's dirty secrets during World War II was the high failure rate of its torpedoes. The Bureau of Ordinance in Washington rejected what the captains of the submarines said about the torpedoes, and indeed some of their complaints are not presentable for a family website. The torpedoes sometimes dove far too deeply and passed harmlessly beneath their targets. In other attacks they bounced off the side of Japanese ships as though they were rubber balls, never exploding. And worst of all was when the torpedoes attacked their own mother boats.

After nightfall on October 24, 1944 Tang attacked an enemy convoy, sinking and damaging several ships. At 2:30 a.m. October 25, O'Kane decided to fire the last torpedo in his inventory at a ship he had already hit once but hadn't sunk. The electrically powered fish was dispatched from a stern tube, heading straight for the target. But then it turned, and turned some more and its target suddenly became the USS Tang. The torpedo struck with a thundering explosion and the boat went down quickly.

No one knows with absolute certainty how many American-made torpedoes sank their own submarines, but it may have been a dozen more. When a submarine is blown up she almost always goes down with all hands and there's no one left to give witness. In the case of the Tang, however, the boat was in fairly shallow water and some of the crew managed to escape from the bottom. Captain O'Kane was on the bridge when his torpedo struck the Tang and was blown over the side into the sea. Later picked up by a Japanese patrol boat, he was transported to Japan and prison camp. O'Kane's weight dropped from 170 pounds to less than a hundred, and he refused to be reunited with his wife and family until he had put on weight so as not to frighten them by his appearance.

In March of 1946 O'Kane was ordered to report to President Truman at the White House where the Chief Executive placed around the sailor's neck a blue ribbon with a piece of metal attached to it. Dick O'Kane had been awarded the Medal of Honor.

The Bravest Man goes far beyond the story of Tang and her crew. The author details many other war patrols of boats sailing from Pearl Harbor and Midway Island, including that other World War II phenomenon, USS Wahoo. It's never pedestrian writing, but there are parts of Tuohy's immaculately researched book that will be of more interest to serious students and scholars of submarine warfare.

The Bravest Man was published by Presidio Press June 27, 2006. Amazon sells the paperback as part of its Prime program for $7.99 and the Kindle version also for $7.99.

Grotilar
This book makes a good match with Wahoo. Richard O'Kane was the Executive Officer on Wahoo and authored that book. He then became a naval and submarine legend on the U S S Tang. If you like action, accuracy, and professionalism reading about WWII, you can't go wrong with these two books.

Azago
"The Bravest Man: Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang" is a pretty good book. However, an addition to the already long title to the book should have been "...the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang and a bunch of other American submarines." Apparently there was not enough information available to fill the book with Captain O'Kane's exploits, so the author added many more tales of many more submarines, skippers and admirals. This is not a bad thing, just something to be noted.

There are probably better books about WWII submarine warfare including "Silent Running, My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine" by James F. Calvert and "Undersea Warrior, The World War II Story of 'Mush' Morton and the USS Wahoo" by Don Keith.

William Tuohy's book "The Bravest Man" did include many interesting facts not included in other WWII submarine books, such as the maximum diving depth of the subs, details about the amount of fuel and water aboard ship, number of submarine casualties, and tonnage of Japanese ships sunk.

Captain Dick O'Kane was an amazing and fearless commander who was the most successful American submarine commander of WWII. He was a no nonsense, get the job done officer, and highly decorated veteran.

Well done overall, not the best, but well worth reading.

Shou
My interest in submarine operations in WW II in the Pacific dates back at least 60 years. My library includes the encyclopedic US Submarine Operations in WW II which I had read twice before age 16 as well as many of the books referenced in The Bravest Man's bibliography. Much of the material in this book was familiar, but I found a lot of new information and insight in three areas. The author deserves credit for shining a light on problems of skippers who were not up to the challenges of war time command. He also provided a lot of information on the problems and personalities of the divided command and the personalities involved in the defective torpedo issues. Other sources have mentioned these issues, but The Bravest Man provided a lot more information and insight.

Before reading the book I had read the reviews, both positive and negative. Some of the criticism is justified. Proof reading should have been better and a few repeated items should have been caught by editing. Other criticism seems nit-picking. This book gives a readable, accurate account of the submarine war in the Pacific. Reports of the actions of others provides a frame of reference. For anyone with an interest in military history, I would recommend this book highly.

Yojin
As a 30 year Army officer, now retired, I have read a lot of military history books but very few about the Navy. A friend recommended this book to me and I really loved it. I grew up watching Run Silent, Run Deep and was captivated by this story of incredible bravery and courage in the face of very potential death in the dark depths of the ocean. I almost could not put it down reading it in just a few days. Very well written and gripping story of extraordinary young men dedicated to the task of sinking as many enemy ships as possible. Very highly recommended.

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