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  1. says:

    One of the classics of WW2 naval literature that goes along with the Caine Mutiny, Harm s Way, Run Silent and Mr Roberts From told from the viewpoints of a Merchant ship Captain named Dave McDougall who gives up some of his stripes and pay grade to serve on a Attack Transport as a US Naval Reservist during the later half of WW2 From Tarawa on to Okinawa this ship delivers the men to the shores to take those islands The various characters from the kindly and special Dr Flynn the head of the sick bay, to the old 1st Lieutant Fraser who was also a Merchant Captain and now a Naval Reservist who lost command and the garbage grinder name Hubert who seems to live a charmed life The two captains that serve on the ship from the old Captain Gedney who wanted a cruiser and not an old attack transport and then old Jed Hawks the man who has been in this war from the start in 1941 until he got command of this ship As always the book is...


  2. says:

    This was a book from Dad s library published in 1954 The author said that he wanted to let people see how it really was on a ship in Pacific campaign of WWII He used a fictional ship crew participating in real battles to tell the story of the action From eccentric captains to slackers, newbies and grunts the people are vividly shown progressing from island to island This is so well written that you can see how newbies grow into experts, officers change roles and the unbearable burdens put upon a captain I could feel the fear being suppressed as the crew unloads an entire transport ship and moves the people and materiel over reefs and to the beach in the face of invisible defenders waiting for the moment to fire Then, the survivors go and do it again in a few months at the next island When you would think they d be brooding in anxiety, they are brooding over when they mail will...


  3. says:

    I thought I knew a thing or two about WWII, but reading this book was a whole new education The complexity of naval operations on a single attack transport was astonishing, and the author clearly knew the subject well I really felt like I was aboard ship during the campaig...


  4. says:

    Pretty good tale of WW II in the Pacific from the viewpoint of the officers and crew of an attack transport a large armed freighter with an APA designation that carried landing craft and troops for amphibious landings, plus a large quantitiy of supplies The main character is a reserve officer with 20 years of experience on freighters in the Pacific, but the story is also told throught the eyes of many other officers and men The author does a good job of keeping the characters well drawn it s a long book and plenty of time to explore lots of different experiences This book is episodic and doesn t have a strong plot line other than the progress and survival of the ship, the USS Belinda So I guess you could say the main character was the Belinda Lots of excitement throughout.Most of the character...


  5. says:

    I decided to re read this book, which I first read in high school, because of my interest in my Dad s war At 17 he was a sailor in the Pacific in 1944 This book vividly describes that Pacific war, not from the perspective of subs or carriers or destroyers, but an APA, an Attack Transport These are the ships, which transported the men and material to the beaches The author served on just such a ship, and his familiarity with that world breathes thr...


  6. says:

    This book is a very, well written historical fiction novel based on the life of an officer on an attack transport during WWII Dodson uses great detail to help you create an image in your head of what is going on.


  7. says:

    Away All Boats by Kenneth Dodson 1956


  8. says:

    Gripping WWII story of a troop transport ship in the Pacific.


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