All the Gallant Men

All the Gallant Men

An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor

Book - 2016
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"The most gripping, intimate, and inspiring account of Pearl Harbor, the first memoir ever published by a USS Arizona survivor. At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan's surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a 19-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor's flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart. In this extraordinary, never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack— the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona— 94-year-old Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight. Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates— approximately half the American fatalities at Pearl Harbor. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors' advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America's Second World War. As the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks approaches, Don, a great-grandfather of five and one of six living survivors of the Arizona, offers an unprecedentedly intimate reflection on the tragedy that drew America into the greatest armed conflict in history. This is a book for the ages, one of the most remarkable— and remarkably inspiring— memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years." -- From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062645357
Branch Call Number: B Stratton D AUTO
Characteristics: viii, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, facsimiles, photographs ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Gire, Ken - Author


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Jan 10, 2019

A 2018-2019 Missouri Gateway Readers Award nominee (grades 9-12).

Donald Stratton's firsthand account of his experiences in World War II, especially his experiences as a sailor onboard the USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and his difficult recovery.

Jul 21, 2017

A great read for just about everyone. Would highly recommend this book.

May 24, 2017

It is amazing how much pain and suffering that he, and so many others, endured during that and other wars. He is a true American hero.

Apr 19, 2017

This book gives real insight into the history of what happened at Pearl Harbor. I think every American should read it. Thanks Donald Stratton for sharing and giving so much to our country.

Dec 13, 2016

This book is poignant, concise and tender hearted. Personal accounts and life lessons of a 94 year old David Stratton.


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