Just received Tales From a Tin Can: The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay by Michael Olson (official site: www.tincan.us). Looks good and I’ll get started on it shortly.
Here’s the blurb:
Looking up from his newspaper from where he sat on the deck of the destroyer USS Dale, Harold Reichert could see the pilot plain as day–the leather helmet with chin strap, the goggles, and then the red rising sun painted on the plane’s fuselage. –I saw the torpedo drop and watched as it ran up on the old Utah.”
It was daybreak at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the beginning of the war, and the Dale was there; she would serve until the end, when the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered. In the words of those who manned her, the Dale’s war comes vividly to life in this first oral history of a combat ship from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay. From carrier raids on Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Solomons to the bombarding of Saipan and Guam in the capture of the Marianas, from the Aleutians in the far north to strikes on Tokyo and Kobe, Tales of a Tin Can recreates the action aboard the Dale, and conveys as never before the true grit of wartime on a destroyer.
Check it out. Expect some comments when I manage to finish.