USS NEW YORK (BB-34) - 'The Old Lady of the Sea', as her crew caller her, has an interesting history which is recounted in this commemorative book by former crewmembers. This is a comprehensive history of the Battleship New York from construction in 1910 to decommissioning and disposal in 1947, with personal account "stories from the deck" from the men who served, biographical profiles of many of her sailors, and a special tribute to those veterans who have passed away.
Large and powerful at the time of her creation (1910-1913), by the time she participated in combat in WWII, the New York was relatively small, slow, and undergunned. Nonetheless, she gave a good measure for herself in the Atlantic, bombarding the French Vichy Fleet in North Africa and in North Atlantic convoy runs, before joining the Pacific Fleet for the final battles at Okinawa and Iwo Jima. The stories shared in this book are interesting and enjoyable, and many photos illustrate them. The final pages contain mini-bio's of many USS New York shipmates, with then-and-now photos. This book offers great insights into what life was like on an aging battleship in World War II.
An extra large commemorative history book. Nicely imaged hardcover 8-1/2"x11" pages, high quality glossy paper, many photos.
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