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A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"   By: (1872-1949)

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A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" by Russell Doubleday is a riveting memoir that offers an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a naval gunner during World War II. Written with vivid detail and intense emotion, this book takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions, blending the horrors of war with personal growth and camaraderie.

Doubleday's storytelling is remarkable; he effortlessly transports the reader back in time to the South Pacific theater, where he served aboard the USS Yankee. Through his eyes, we witness the physical and mental tolls of war, painting a picture of the heroic sacrifices made by young soldiers.

What sets this memoir apart is Doubleday's ability to convey the human experience of conflict. Instead of simply regaling readers with war stories, he delves deep into the psyche of a gunner, exposing the internal struggles and profound psychological impact of combat. His vulnerability and honesty provide a refreshing perspective that reminds us of the fragile nature of the human spirit amidst the chaos of war.

The author's attention to detail is spectacular, whether describing the scorching heat of the Pacific Ocean or the deafening sound of gunfire. Doubleday's vivid descriptions enable the reader to visualize each scene, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the narrative.

Another strength of this book lies in Doubleday's ability to capture the camaraderie and bonds formed among the crew of the Yankee. Through anecdotes and personal relationships, he reveals the strength found in unity and the unwavering support of fellow soldiers who become like a second family. These tales of friendship amidst chaos serve as a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit.

While A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" primarily focuses on Doubleday's own experiences, it also serves as a tribute to all those who served alongside him. By shedding light on the often-overlooked role of naval gunners, the author challenges readers to reevaluate their perspectives on war and the individuals who fight it.

My only criticism of this book is its occasional lack of chronological clarity. At times, the narrative jumps back and forth in time, making it temporarily challenging to follow the order of events. However, this minor issue does not detract from the overall impact of Doubleday's storytelling.

In conclusion, A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" is a powerful memoir that stands as an essential addition to the World War II literary canon. Russell Doubleday's personal account provides an authentic insight into the challenges, triumphs, and sacrifices that come with serving in the armed forces. This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, war veterans, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human experience in times of conflict.

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From the Diary of Number Five of the After Port Gun (Russell Doubleday)

The Yarn of the Cruise and Fights of the Naval Reserves in the Spanish American War

Edited by H. H. LEWIS, Late a S.N.

With Introduction by W. T. SAMPSON, Rear Admiral U.S.



Honorary President, THE HON. WOODROW WILSON Honorary Vice President, HON. WILLIAM H. TAFT Honorary Vice President, COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT President, COLIN B. LIVINGSTONE, Washington, D.C. Vice President, B.L. DULANEY, Bristol, Tenn. Vice President, MILTON A. McRAE, Detroit, Mich. Vice President, DAVID STARR JORDAN, Stanford University, Cal. Vice President, F.L. SEELY, Asheville, N.C. Vice President, A. STAMFORD WHITE, Chicago, Ill. Chief Scout, ERNEST THOMPSON SETON, Greenwich, Connecticut National Scout Commissioner, DANIEL CARTER BEARD, Fishing, N.Y.


FINANCE COMMITTEE John Sherman Hoyt, Chairman George D. Pratt Mortimer L. Schiff H. Rogers Winthrop

GEORGE D. PRATT Treasurer JAMES E. WEST Chief Scout Executive

ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD Ernest P. Bicknell Robert Garrett Lee F. Hanmer Jobe Sherman Hoyt Charles C. Jackson Prof. Jeremiah W... Continue reading book >>

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