A Blue Sea of Blood

A Blue Sea of Blood

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On the morning of March 1, 1942, the WWI-era destroyer USS Edsall--under orders to deliver some forty Army Air Force fighter crews to the beleaguered island of Java--split off from the USS Whipple and the tanker Pecos and was never seen again by Allied forces. Despite the later discovery of bodies identified as Edsall crewmembers near a remote airfield on the coast of Celebes, what happened to the ship remains a matter of mystery and, perhaps, deliberate obfuscation. This book explores the many puzzling facets of the Edsalla€™s disappearance in order to finally tell the full story of the fate of the vessel and her crew. Based on exhaustive research of the historical record--including newly deciphered Japanese documents and previously unrevealed material from the crewa€™s family members--Upon a Blue Sea of Blood offers a painstaking reconstruction of the shipa€™s history. The book investigates not only the Edsalla€™s mysterious final action, but also her wide-ranging pre-war career and the curious uses to which her story was put--generally under false pretenses--first by the pre-war U.S. Navy and then by the Japanese wartime propaganda machine. And finally, military historian Donald Kehn considers the circumstances surrounding the curious obscurity of the Edsalla€™s heroic service and final battle in American histories. Redressing six decades of official indifference, Kehna€™s account recovers a significant chapter missing from the history of World War II--and tells a long-overdue story of courage and tragic loss.Benedict, Ruth. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1946. Bigalke, Terence W. Tana Toraja: A Social History ofan Indonesian People. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2005. The Bluejacketsa#39;Manual 1943.

Title:A Blue Sea of Blood
Author: Donald M. Kehn
Publisher:Zenith Press - 2009-01-15

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