The story of a legendary submarine and her courageous crew
“Today we have devalued terms like ‘hero’ and ‘courage,’ applying them loosely to athletes with multi-million dollar contracts and movie stars whose feats are no more than celluloid fantastic. The destroyer we launch today [celebrates] a genuine hero from an age when heroism truly meant something.” Congressmen Tom Allen honoring Captain O’Kane at the dedication of a ship in his honor.
I just complete listening/reading to this book that chronicles the extraordinary WWII heroism of the crew of the USS Tang, the deadliest submarine operating in the Pacific. It is the story of their accomplishments, of the sinking of their sub, of the escape of some them from 180 feet below the surface, and their survival of torture in a Japanese concentration camp (I confess I skipped the section covering their time in the concentration camp).
The book left me with a greater understanding of the price paid by many for the freedom we have and therefore a greater appreciation of it. The book challenges me to live a life that honors their sacrifice, using the freedom they paid for to live well. I hope I will complain less as well, as my trials here are small compared to what they enduring with honor.
I wonder why this tale has this never been made into a movie?
In contrast, last night Cathy and I watched the movie “The A-Team”, a fictional story of a group of four Special Forces type-men who do special assignments to protect U.S. interests. While amusing, it is also predictable. The men come out of impossible situation after situation without significant injury and succeed in their impossible mission. There is little suspense as you know the end, except for some of the particulars, in this case, who is the bag guy(s). While amused, that was the extent of the gain for the watching.
Real life is another thing. Not a fun read but there is gain as mentioned above. The book did not win a Pulitzer Prize but it is written well enough and a compelling story.
Recommended to check out the library for a real or listen.
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From Publishers Weekly – Popular historian Kershaw (The Bedford Boys) chronicles the extraordinary WWII heroism of the crew of the USS Tang, the deadliest submarine operating in the Pacific, in this spellbinding saga. The Tang’s captain, Cmdr. Richard O’Kane, was a celebrated maverick whose contempt for the enemy was absolute. He was Continue reading Book review: Escape From the Deep