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Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescueby Bob Drury
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Halseyand#8217;s Typhoon is the story of World War IIand#8217;s most unexpected disaster at sea. In the final days of 1944, Admiral William and#147;Bulland#8221; Halsey is the Pacific theaterand#8217;s most popular and colorful naval hero. After a string of victories, the and#147;Fighting Admiraland#8221; and his thirty-thousand-man Third Fleet are charged with protecting General MacArthurand#8217;s flank during the invasion of the Philippine island of Mindoro. But in the midst of the landings, Halsey attempts a complicated refueling maneuver and unwittingly drives his 170 ships into the teeth of a massive typhoon. Halseyand#8217;s men find themselves battling 90-foot waves and 150 mph windsand#151;amid the chaos, three ships are sunk and nearly nine hundred sailors and officers are swept into the Philippine Sea. For three days, small bands of survivors battle dehydration, exhaustion, sharks, and the elements awaiting rescue at the hands of the courageous lieutenant commander Henry Lee Plage, who, defying orders, sails his tiny destroyer escort, the USS Tabberer, back into the storm to rescue drifting sailors. Halseyand#8217;s Typhoon is a gripping true tale of courage and survival against impossible oddsand#151;and one of the finest untold World War II sagas of our time.
In December 1944, America's most popular and colorful naval hero, Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, unwittingly sailed his undefeated Pacific Fleet into the teeth of a powerful typhoon. Three destroyers were capsized, sending hundreds of sailors and officers into the raging, shark-infested waters. Over the next sixty hours, small bands of survivors...
December 1944, the Pacific theater: General Douglas MacArthur has vowed to return to the Philippines. He will need the help of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's Third Fleet. But at the height of the invasion, Halsey's 170 ships are blindsided by a typhoon of unprecedented strength and scope. Battleships are tossed like toys, fighter planes are blown off carriers, destroyers are capsized, and almost nine hundred sailors are swept into the roiling, shark-infested sea. For three days, small bands of survivors fight dehydration, exhaustion, and the elements to await rescue-but ultimately almost eight hundred will perish. This is the story of World War II's most unexpected disaster, one of its most devastating tragedies, and a daring rescue mission-a heart-pounding true tale of men clashing against the ruthless forces of war and nature. Book jacket.
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