So Close to Home A True Story of an American Family s Fight for Survival During World War II

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681771713
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A true story of men and women pitted against the sea during World War II—and an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit. On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by twenty nine-year-old Iron Cross and King's Cross recipient Erich Wu¨rdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with sixty-two souls on board. Most aboard were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family: Ray and Ina, and their two children, eight-year-old Sonny and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no idea that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, chaos ensued—and each family member had to find their own path to survival. Including original, unpublished material from Commander Wu¨rdemann’s war diary, the story provides balance and perspective by chronicling the daring mission of the U-boat—and its commander’s decision-making—in the Gulf of Mexico. An inspiring historical narrative, So Close to Home tells the story of the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of this deadly attack off the American coast.

The Finest Hours

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150110683X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Documents the 1952 Coast Guard mission to save the crews of two oil tankers that were torn in half by the force of one of New England's worst nor'easters.

A Storm Too Soon Young Readers Edition

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
ISBN: 1627792821
Format: PDF
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When a forty-seven-foot sailboat disappears in the Gulf Stream in the throes of a disastrous storm, it leaves behind three weary passengers struggling to stay alive. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of the four intrepid Coast Guardsmen who braved this ruthless storm in the hopes of saving them. A spellbinding tale of courage and survival from the author of The Finest Hours, now a major motion picture.

Overboard

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439153620
Format: PDF, ePub
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From masterful storyteller Michael J. Tougias comes a new, heart-stopping true-life tale of maritime disaster, his most thrilling and amazing story yet. In May 2005, Tom Tighe, captain of a forty-five-foot-long sailboat named the Almeisan, and his first mate, Loch Reidy, welcomed three new crewmembers for a five-day voyage from Connecticut across the blue waters of the Gulf Stream to sun-drenched Bermuda. The new crew included forty-six-year-old Kathy Gilchrist, seventy-year-old Ron Burd, and thirty-four-year-old Chris Ferrer. Although Tighe had made the trip forty-eight times, with Reidy accompanying him on twenty of those voyages, the rest of the crew had joined to learn more about offshore sailing. Four days into the voyage, an enormous storm struck, sweeping two of the crew into the towering sea. The remaining crewmembers managed to stay aboard the vessel as it was slowly torn apart by the rampaging ocean. Overboard! follows the simultaneous desperate struggles of both those still on the boat and those fighting for their lives in the sea. The Coast Guard, alerted to the Almeisan’s distress, rushed to the storm-tossed scene. Their ensuing search and rescue mission proved so spectacularly difficult and dangerous that it was later selected—from among thousands of incidents—as the Guard’s search and rescue case of the year. Highly trained helicopter pilots and rescue swimmers alike found themselves in almost as much trouble as those trapped by the ferocious ocean. By turns tragic, thrilling, and deeply inspiring, Overboard! is a riveting, fast-paced story of death and survival at sea—amazing, unforgettable, and all true.

My Faraway Home

Author: Mary McKay Maynard
Publisher: Isis
ISBN: 9780753197615
Format: PDF
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On the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Mary McKay's father was managing a gold mine on the Philippine island of Mindanao. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, the McKays fled into the jungle, believing their stay would be brief. But the days turned into two harrowing years of battling heat, hunger, and natural disasters. After the war, in 1947, they went back to the Philippines, where, ironically, more tragedy was waiting...

Escape from the Deep

Author: Alex Kershaw
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0306817632
Format: PDF, ePub
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In the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the legendary U.S. Navy submarine Tang was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface, while the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges. As the air ran out, some of the crew made a daring ascent through the escape hatch. In the end, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived. But the survivors were beginning a far greater ordeal. After being picked up by the Japanese, they were sent to an interrogation camp known as the “Torture Farm.” When they were liberated in 1945, they were close to death, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese, including the greatest secret of World War II. With the same heart-pounding narrative drive that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to life this incredible story of survival and endurance.

Unbroken

Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 1400064163
Format: PDF, ePub
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Tells the gripping true story of a U.S. airman who was the soul surviver when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II and had to face thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. By the #1 best-selling author of Seabiscuit. 200,000 first printing.

Midnight in Broad Daylight

Author: Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062351958
Format: PDF
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Meticulously researched and beautifully written, the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II—an epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love, reconciliation, loss, and redemption—this is a riveting chronicle of U.S.–Japan relations and the Japanese experience in America. After their father’s death, Harry, Frank, and Pierce Fukuhara—all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest—moved to Hiroshima, their mother’s ancestral home. Eager to go back to America, Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Harry was sent to an internment camp until a call came for Japanese translators and he dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, his brothers Frank and Pierce became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army. As the war raged on, Harry, one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army, island-hopped across the Pacific, moving ever closer to the enemy—and to his younger brothers. But before the Fukuharas would have to face each other in battle, the U.S. detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians, including members of their family. Alternating between the American and Japanese perspectives, Midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting as well as the deteriorating home front of Hiroshima—as never told before in English—and provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Intimate and evocative, it is an indelible portrait of a resilient family, a scathing examination of racism and xenophobia, an homage to the tremendous Japanese American contribution to the American war effort, and an invaluable addition to the historical record of this extraordinary time.

A Memoir Looking for the Good Life and Other Stories of Survival

Author: Charlene H. Grafton
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0988722941
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This is a true adventure story through many family generations with few romantic overtones. But for those tennis enthusiasts around the USA, the name of Charlene Grafton will ring a bell. In this memoir, the life of Charlene Grafton, her brothers, sister and the ancestors before them are revealed. As you read this compelling story, you will find qualities and values you would not expect to appear in their immediate family. Many circumstances could have led to tales of dismay on four fronts but as you follow the adventures of these people, an impressive quality of character will be shown in the names with their struggles throughout the book. This is an appealing family story about the people and the places and events that made me what I am today. It is not about sex or crime stories. True stories tell a tale much better than fiction especially when it comes to family intimacy with their history and choices through the years. Where did these traits and values originate? In her sixth book the author tells the stories of these survivors beginning with her early life in Oklahoma with her parents and her siblings, then college and nurse training. A series of moves to Las Vegas, service in the Army Nurse Corps, and marriage prove how this middle child tried to be as good as she could be, as best she could. After marriage and five children with several moves back and forth from a small town in Louisiana to Pensacola, shows the breadth of interest from this nurse with ideas for service to her community and her country. The author believes she introduced the term wellness in her popular group tennis instructions in NW Florida during the 60s and 70s with the addition of fitness in her classes while teaching more than 7,000 players before her entrance into coaching college tennis at UWF and later at NLU. Tennis aficionados will laugh and cry along with the writer with how her athletic prowess successes interfered with her marriage but not with her children. This nonfiction book will equal any of the books written about family historians with their search for answers from family tales to exact documentation proving the true history of hers and our early family American heroes. All of these stories allow for a new direction to bolster family values from a nurse’s viewpoint with her interest in her ancestors, in patriotism and giving back to the community. Other survival chapters lends itself to the men and women who plan on improving their family’s lifestyle which will open the eyes of the reader to leave a better health legacy than those they were left. A better answer to health care reform is recommended by taking action within the family rather than relying on individual government support. This memoir adds impetus with the after thoughts of the author, who shows you how to write, help with research and find resources to add to your family’s medical heritage and become your Family Health Historian. The author asks that you learn from her lessons in life and to understand the choices she made in her worldly adventures.