Won this on eBay:
This is a 1943 book covering the short life of the original aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8). I read this in about 5th grade or so, and it was probably the second in the string of books that really got young Murdoc interested in military history.
I’ve been watching for this on eBay for quite some time, and have just missed a couple of good ones over the years. This copy isn’t in the greatest condition, but it’s pretty solid and very readable. It’s a former library book, but it appears to have been a school library, not a public library. A penciled note appears to indicate that it was purchased 4/13/44. The last person listed on the handwritten library card is Howard Steffik(?) with a due date of 3-21-73. Howard had also checked it out in an earlier March (no year listed), as well.