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No Ordinary Joes: The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life

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ISBN13: 9780609610435
ISBN10: 0609610430
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On April 23, 1943, the seventy-man crew of the USS Grenadier scrambled to save their submarine—and themselves—after a Japanese aerial torpedo sent it crashing to the ocean floor. Miraculously, the men were able to bring the sub back to the surface, only to be captured by the Japanese.

No Ordinary Joes tells the harrowing story of four of the Grenadier’s crew: Bob Palmer of Medford, Oregon; Chuck Vervalin of Dundee, New York; Tim McCoy of Dallas, Texas; and Gordy Cox of Yakima, Washington. All were enlistees from families that struggled through the Great Depression. The lure of service and duty to country were not their primary motivations—they were more compelled by the promise of a job that provided “three hots and a cot” and a steady paycheck. On the day they were captured, all four were still teenagers.

Together, the men faced unimaginable brutality at the hands of their captors in a prisoner of war camp. With no training in how to respond in the face of relentless interrogations and with less than a cup of rice per day for sustenance, each man created his own strategy for survival. When the liberation finally came, all four anticipated a triumphant homecoming to waiting families, loved ones, and wives, but instead were forced to find a new kind of strength as they struggled to resume their lives in a world that had given them up for dead, and with the aftershocks of an experience that haunted and colored the rest of their days.

Author Larry Colton brings the lives of these four “ordinary” heroes into brilliant focus. Theirs is a story of tragedy and courage, romance and war, loss and endurance, failure and redemption. With a scope both panoramic and disarmingly intimate, No Ordinary Joes is a powerful look at the atrocities of war, the reality of its aftermath, and the restorative power of love.

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Colton tells the harrowing true story of four young sailors from the U.S.S. "Grenadier" who were captured and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, the bond that sustained them, and their struggles to resume their lives. 8-page b&w photo insert.

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gograbel, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by gograbel)
Awesome writer, awesome person, awesome book.
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Craig Ensz, October 9, 2010 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
My neighbor was a submariner in WW II. His stories are fantastic and a tribute to his generation. The four men whose lives are recounted by Colton are nothing less. The trials and hardships of submarine life as well as those they left behind is a wonderful story. Sons and daughters of WW II veterans should read this book.
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elkjkb, September 29, 2010 (view all comments by elkjkb)
Want to get this for my dad for Christmas
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780609610435
Subtitle:
The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life
Author:
Colton, Larry
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Prisoners of war -- United States.
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Publication Date:
20101005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-PAGE BandW PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.24 x 1.46 in 1.57 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Colton tells the harrowing true story of four young sailors from the U.S.S. "Grenadier" who were captured and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, the bond that sustained them, and their struggles to resume their lives. 8-page b&w photo insert.
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