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Tales from a Tin Can: The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay

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Publisher Comments:

Tales from a Tin Can is the true story of the destroyer USS Dale in the words of the sailors who served on her. These colorful first-person accounts bring every aspect of service on a World War II destroyer to life, from the attack on Pearl Harbor:

 

I was down below, brushing my teeth. . . . There was a huge commotion, so I ran outside to see what was going on. The first thing I saw was a Japanese bomber dropping its torpedo, which then ran right up into the old Utah and exploded.Alvis Harris

 

To life on the Dale:

 

 [S]ome of the guys were chumming the water off the fantail with galley scraps. You could see huge sharks swimming around, so I threw a couple of wooden crates over the side and the sharks went into a frenzy over them. The [captain] came on the squawk box and said, “You guys better not fall over the side because I don’t want to pick up what’s left!”Earl Hicks

 

To gripping combat stories:

 

When the Salt Lake City went dead in the water we figured we were all goners for sure. . . . That water temperature was right at thirty-three degrees, which would give us about ten or twelve minutes before we froze to death. Just when things got to be about as bleak as you could imagine, one of our cans got a 5-incher right smack on the bridge of the lead [Japanese] cruiser. You could see it as plain as day. Then [they] simply turned tail and ran. It was a miracle!John Cruce

 

And all the way to the end:

 

When word came through that the war had ended, everyone went wild. We made noise with whatever we could get our hands on. Sirens shrieked, bells rang, and horns bellowed. . . . I whooped and hollered and banged on metal. . . . And I celebrated a bunch for all those guys that couldn’t, too!Robert “Pat” Olson

 

But before the boys come home, Tales from a Tin Can transports the reader to Dale’s rolling decks, under the hot South Pacific sun and deadly enemy fire, illuminating the courage and humor of a generation of young men thrust into the life and death struggle of World War II.

 

Michael Keith Olson is an agriculturalist and journalist. He has produced, written, and photographed news for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner newspapers, NBC, ABC, the Australian Broadcast Commission, and KQED Public Television. His previous book, MetroFarm, a guide for small-scale farming in the city, won the 1995 PMA Ben Franklin Book of the Year Award (Silver). Olson is the executive producer and host of the syndicated radio talk show Food Chain, the California legislature’s 1996 “Ag Show of the Year”, and is currently president of the MO MultiMedia Group in Santa Cruz, California, where he lives with his family. Robert “Pat” Olson, his father, served on the USS Dale.

 

Synopsis:

This first oral history of a combat ship from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay recreates the drama of WWII action aboard the destroyer USS Dale.

Synopsis:

“What was life like on a destroyer during World War II? Find out by reading Michael Keith Olson’s superb telling of tales of the war in the Pacific as seen from the deck of a very luck ‘tin can”… The son of a former Dale crewman, Olson interviewed 44 veterans and delved deeply into official documents to give this book the air of authenticity that puts the reader in the heart of the action.

Tales from a Tin Can is the first oral history of one combat ship’s adventures, sometimes comic, sometimes mundane, sometimes heart wrenching, over the entire course of America’s involvement in the Pacific. An impressive accomplishment and highly recommended.”
WWII History

“This fascinating book captures not only the furious clashes with the Japanese but also the humdrum days in-between and the heart-stopping encounters with typhoons that could be as lethal as any engagement with the enemy. Anyone interested in stories from World War II will find this well-illustrated account of the naval campaign in the Pacific fascinating.”
Register –Pajaronian

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 planes 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 Dales 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 from a Tin Can recreates the action aboard the Dale, and conveys as never before the true grit of wartime on a destroyer.

Synopsis:

Looking up from his newspaper as 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, finally, 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. Tales from a Tin Can recreates service aboard the Dale—from the carrier raids on Midway and Guadalcanal to the kamikaze raids of Okinawa, from the Aleutians in the far north to strikes on Tokyo and Kobe in the Far East—conveying as never before the true grit of wartime on a destroyer.

 

About the Author

Michael Olson's father never spoke of his battles and service on the USS Dale in WWII until one day they ran into his dad's old war buddy and the stories started to come out. From that day forward, Michael recorded more and more of his father's stories, and interviewed other veterans of the Dale to create Tales of a Tin Can. He also researched ship's logs and related source material to tell the story of the Dale from Pearl Harbor to the end of the war.

Olson is a writer and producer who also hosts a nationally-syndicated radio talk show.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

 

List of Maps        8

Preface                9

Acknowledgments           16

 

1941                   17

   November: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii          22

   December 7 to 8: Japanese Attack        26

               0700 to 0755   28       

               0755 to 0820   32       

               0820 to 0855   40       

               0910 to 1930   46       

               1930 to 0500   48       

   December 8: Return to Pearl Harbor     50

   December 9: Battleship Row     52       

   December 15 to 31: Cleanup    52       

 

1942                   55

   January: The Recruits    56

   January to March: Carrier Raids            61

               Rabaul, New Britain                 64

               Lae–Salamaua, New Guinea     69

   March to June: Carrier Battles   71

               Coral Sea         71

               Midway            76       

   July to December: Solomon Islands       84       

               Espiritu Santo   87       

               Guadalcanal      92

 

1943                   107

   January: Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea      108

   January to March: Amchitka Island       112     

   March 26: Battle of the Komandorski Islands    119     

   April to June: Attu Island           142

   June to August: Kiska Island     154     

   September: Aleutian Islands to Pearl Harbor     162     

   October: Central Pacific and Wake Island         165     

   November: Gilbert Islands        168

   December: Pearl Harbor to San Francisco        175     

 

1944                   179

   January to March: Marshall Islands       180     

               Kwajalein         181     

               Eniwetok          184     

               Majuro 186     

   March to May: Caroline Islands and New Guinea          188

               Task Force 58 Raids    188     

               Majuro 197     

   June to July: Mariana Islands     200     

               Saipan  201     

               Guam   206     

   August to October: United States          208     

               Bremerton        209     

               San Pedro        213     

               Pearl Harbor    217     

   November to December: Philippines     219     

               Eniwetok          222     

               Ulithi    225     

               Typhoon Cobra            228

  

1945                   233

   January: Philippines and South China Sea          234     

               Ulithi    235     

               Philippines        238     

               South China Sea           241     

   January to March: Iwo Jima      247     

   March to June: Okinawa           253     

   June to July: Balikpapan            266     

   July to August: Ulithi, Guam, and Japan 272     

   September to October: New York City            281     

 

Epilogue  287

Appendices         293

   The Crew         293

   USS Dale World War II Battle Stars    295     

   Chronology: November 1941 to October 1945 297     

   Task Force Assignments           302     

Notes                  305

Glossary of U.S. Navy Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Slang        307

Bibliography        313

Index                   317

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760327708
Subtitle:
The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay
Author:
Olson, Michael
Author:
Olson, Michael Keith
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Oral history
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
First
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20100612
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 BandW Photos, 10 Maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 1.1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,

This first oral history of a combat ship from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay recreates the drama of WWII action aboard the destroyer USS Dale.

"Synopsis" by ,

“What was life like on a destroyer during World War II? Find out by reading Michael Keith Olson’s superb telling of tales of the war in the Pacific as seen from the deck of a very luck ‘tin can”… The son of a former Dale crewman, Olson interviewed 44 veterans and delved deeply into official documents to give this book the air of authenticity that puts the reader in the heart of the action.

Tales from a Tin Can is the first oral history of one combat ship’s adventures, sometimes comic, sometimes mundane, sometimes heart wrenching, over the entire course of America’s involvement in the Pacific. An impressive accomplishment and highly recommended.”
WWII History

“This fascinating book captures not only the furious clashes with the Japanese but also the humdrum days in-between and the heart-stopping encounters with typhoons that could be as lethal as any engagement with the enemy. Anyone interested in stories from World War II will find this well-illustrated account of the naval campaign in the Pacific fascinating.”
Register –Pajaronian

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 planes 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 Dales 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 from a Tin Can recreates the action aboard the Dale, and conveys as never before the true grit of wartime on a destroyer.

"Synopsis" by ,

Looking up from his newspaper as 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, finally, 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. Tales from a Tin Can recreates service aboard the Dale—from the carrier raids on Midway and Guadalcanal to the kamikaze raids of Okinawa, from the Aleutians in the far north to strikes on Tokyo and Kobe in the Far East—conveying as never before the true grit of wartime on a destroyer.

 

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