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Book on CD for me on several levels and a much longer review than usual We used to live on the Pouoson River not all that many miles south of Mathews But also interesting for the new information to me about U boats and WWII Lots of oh wow stats that I haven t completely retained since I often listen in bed so can t jot things downI had never known just how active U boats were off our coast for xample Vessels were torpedoed and people ashore in Cape May and Virginia Beach could see them ablaze U boats set mines INSIDE the Chesapeake Bay sinking vessels U boats would target ships silhouetted against the lights of New York City and Virginia Beach There were not many U boats at the start of the war so the Germans named them U 456 or U 594 to make it seem like there were But Up All Night even small wolf packs were deadly because the allies were slow to take defensive measures such as destroyer coverage for convoys These convoys wouldventually have 100 or ships and would be perhaps 5 miles wide but only 2 3 ships deep because they were so much vulnerable from the sides The most vulnerable ships tankers and ammo carriers would be in the interiorEventually the Germans were building U boats but we were building Liberty Ships at the rate of about 40 a month Sidebar When I was in college I sailed to Europe on a One time Liberty Ship Later when we lived in California we visited the Jeremiah O Brien a surviving Liberty Ship now in San Francisco This book rroneously says it is in BaltiMany descriptions of ncounters convoys to Murmansk and sinkings in the Caribbean In one case Caribbean fishermen butchering a shark they d caught found human remains including two rings The ownership of one ring was found to be a Mathews manThe The Erotic Mind end of the bookpilogues many of the Mathews characters and their families and also wraps up the maritime war The D Day invasion second largest in history after Sicily involved 5300 vessels not a typo The convoy heading to France was 15 miles acrossAfter the Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, end of the war U boats were directed to surrender at the nearest Allied port and two did in CONUS at Cape May and Portland NH In all about 900o mariners were lost and it was only in the 1980s they were awarded veterans benefits Oh CONUS is military for continental USThe death rate in the US Navy was about 15% for mariners it was almost 4% second only to US Marines U boats however were much dangerous with a death rate of about 70%At thend of the war there were about 5000 US non military vessels remaining than half of all the ships in the world Most were sold off to allies and because of US regulations our present maritime presence is very low Some of the remaining merchant ships still flying US flags are well subsidized by the government with the understanding they are immediately available in the It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty event of national needThend of the book describes the 100s of WWII vessels lying on the US continental shelf most now rusting away and stripped by divers before the 2004 law protecting the wrecks For Here With Me (Together example the U 869 was in 235 feet off New Jersey the U 166 was in 5000 feet in the Gulf of Mexico There are some 80 wrecks just off OBX in NCAll in all an interesting book This is anxcellent first book for the author The story takes place during the period of 1942 to the Double Deception (Code Name: Danger end of WWII William Geroux brings to life the story of the men who risked their lives in Merchant Marine delivering cargo in the shadow of Hitler s U Boats The book follows the lives of seven brothers theirxtended families and friends from Mathews County Virginia It was Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, especially interesting to find out about the U Boat activities along theast coast and the Caribbean I highly recommend this book. Dreaded Murmansk Run Through their Grave Tattoo experiences we haveyewitnesses to Georgia and the Tycoon every danger zone invery kind of ship Some died horrific deaths Others fought to survive torpedo xplosions flaming oil slicks storms shark attacks mine blasts and harrowing lifeboat odysseys only to ship out again on the next boat as soon as they'd returned to safety The Mathews Men shows us the war far beyond traditional battlefields often the US merchant mariners' life and death struggles took place just off the US coast but also takes us to the landing beaches at D Day and to the Pacific When final victory is ours General Dwight D Eisenhower had predicted there is no organization that will share its credit deservedly than the Merchant Marine Here finally is the heroic story of those merchant seamen recast as the human story of the men from Mathew.
The US Merchant Marine s fatality rate in World War II was approximately 39 percent one of very 26 mariners who sailed on a merchant ship The only branch of the US military with a comparably high fatality rate was the US Marines The casualty rate for the US Navy was 149 percent less than half the casualty rate of the Merchant Marine All a man from Mathews County Virginia had to do to get a job on a ship was to mention to the person in charge of hiring where he was born They were not only well respected seamen but were also A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries expected to rise up the chain of command uickly to become captains When World War II broke out many were already serving on ships but soon most of the men of Mathews County were serving in the Merchant Marine There were five families who contributed almostvery available male to the war the Hodges family had ten men serving the Callis family also had ten the Hudgins family had seven the Hammond family had three and the Respess family had two A predominant number of those men had Captain in front of their name before the Lakeside Redemption end of the war Many of them never made it home For ten months after Pearl Harbor the US Merchant Marine had kept the war from being lost They had kept Britain supplied with the oil munitions and food needed to continue fighting the Nazis They had deliverednough oil and raw materials such as manganese and bauxite to keep American factories churning out ships planes tanks and other weapons They had carried tens of thousands of American troops to England for future invasions The Merchant Marines have always had a romantic allure to men from all over the world It was a organization from which to In Pursuit of a Princess escape few uestions werever asked It was a place a man could avoid his past and make a new name for himself Spurned by your wife join the Merchant Marine Kill a man join the Merchant Marine Have a knock down drag out with your father join the Merchant Marine I ve always thought of them as hardworking hard living men who lost fingers at sea and lost their wages to crooked card games to alluring light fingered hookers and thugs in dark alleys I was shocked to discover that out of all the American men who went to war the Merchant Marines had the most dangerous job For seven months the U boats had had their way in American waters sinking than three hundred merchant ships and killing thousands of merchant seamen They had sent millions of tons of Allied food supplies munitions and fuel into the sea playing havoc with the Second Time Loving enemy s supply line So the plan during the first seven months of the United States officiallyntering the war was to send out hundreds of these ships with supplies and hope the majority of them managed to make it to their destination These ships did not have any weapons to defend themselves or air cover or destroyers standing between them and the German wolfpack of U Boats It is really baffling It didn t make sense to the German Admiral Karl Donitz ither He was in charge of the wolfpack and had no ualms about sinking unprotected ships He only knew that the tonnage that America allowed him to sink the better chance Germany had to prevail A German Wolf Pack of U BoatsSometimes boats would sink slowly sometimes they went down uickly In many cases the U Boat captains did allow seamen time to scape the ship before applying the coup de gr ce with a final devastating point blank torpedo shot Escaping a floundering ship is difficult A sinking ship was a deathtrap that could kill a man in a thousand ways Falling masts and guy wires snagged mariners and pulled them under Jagged debris swirled through the water The ship s hot boilers could Dark Awakening explode from contact with cold seawater William. Vividly drawn andmotionally gripping Daniel James Brown #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat From the author of The Ghost Ships of Archangel one of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II the U boat assault off the American coast against the men of the US Merchant Marine who were supplying the European war and one community's monumental contribution to that Hawks Way (Hawks Way effortMathews County Virginia is a remote outpost on the Chesapeake Bay with little to offerxcept unspoiled scenery but it sent an unusually large concentration of sea captains to fight in World War II The Mathews Men tells that heroic story through the Family Men experiences of onextraordinary family whose seven sons and their neighbors US merchant mariners all suddenly found themselves suarely in the cross hairs of the U boats bearing dow.
Geroux shares with us numerous stories of sacrifice of heroism of terror of maddening bad luck of triumph of death and Creative Participation even an intriguing story about a baby born on a life raft The men of Mathews County were at the heart of all these stories Allied convoy getting ready to cross the AtlanticDonitz was merely putting his wolfpack in the most likely places for allied shipping to be I was amazed to learn how long the United States thought that loose lips were sinking ships instead of just realizing it was a matter of logistics Even after the US government decided to begin protecting their Merchant Marine ships it still wasn tasy The run to Murmansk to resupply the Russians was a nightmare Surviving the constant attacks from German fighters and U Boats was only half the battle Once their ships reached Murmansk the level of danger only increased It had an apocalyptic feel Fires continuously burned throughout the city German bombers attacked five to six times a day Russian fighters rose to meet them and Sabina Spielrein engaged in dogfights with German fighters Antiaircraft guns crackled from sandbagged bunkers in the rubble of buildings By 1943 the predators of the deep the wolfpack had become the prey Fatality rates of U Boat seaman reached 70% The women who were left behind had to wonder about the fate of their men In many cases they never found out what happened to their father husband son or brother until after the war when German records were available Their ship was just overdue Overdue an ominous threat of loss and sorrow trembling yet in the balance of fateThere is something sinister to a seaman in the very grouping of the letters which form this word clear in its meaning and seldom threatening in vain Joseph ConradWith not knowing the fate of their loved one there is always room for hope Maybe he is stranded on a deserted island or in a hospital unable to tell anyone who he is or maybe he has been taken prisoner The burden of not knowing weighs down people than the burden of grief It is like waiting in a cell after being condemned to die without knowing when you will bexecuted Every time there is a clang of a cell door opening or the sound of hobnailed boots you wonder if this is finally it For the women of Mathews County it was the ringing of a phone or the receiving of a telegram or in the case of the Hodges family the appearance of Spencer the son who had to tell his mother Cognitive Radio Networks each time one of his brothers died Sinking Ship during WW2When I think about my understanding of the scope of World War II I didn t know I was missing a major piece of the history Another book let down by its subtitle Because while these seven intrepid brothers do appear this isn t their storyInstead it s the story of Matthews County as a whole and the inordinate number of men they sent down to the sea who had ships torpedoed from under them who didn t all return and who seem to have seenvery port in the I ve had this book for a while and I m glad I finally got around to reading it This was Nonfiction WWII Military History It is a book about the men from Mathews county Virginia It seemed like the best living for the male population in this county was at sea leaving the women at home to raise the children and grow the food During WWII the number of deaths at sea is a staggering number The U boats were deadly The men who were considered to be merchant marines were also considered to be volunteers at that time They ran supplies and whatever Personnel Management in Government else was needed for the war through the deadly seas and so many lives were lost I listened to the audio and the narrator Arthur Morey did a fabulous job He had the perfect voice for this one So 4 star An interesting. N on the coastal United States in 1942From the late 1930s to 1945 virtually all the fuel food and munitions that sustained the Allies in Europe traveled not via the Navy but in merchant ships After Pearl Harbor those unprotected ships instantly became the U boats' prime targets And they wereasy targets the Navy lacked the inclination or resources to defend them until the beginning of 1943 Hitler was determined that his U boats should sink Out of This World every American ship they could find sometimes within sight of tourist beaches and to kill as many mariners as possible in order to frighten their shipmates into staying ashoreAs the war progressed men from Mathews sailed the North and South Atlantic the Caribbean the Gulf of Mexico the Mediterranean the Indian Ocean andven the icy Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle where they braved the.