All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor Donald Stratton Ken Gire
  • Title: All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
  • Author: Donald Stratton Ken Gire
  • ISBN: 9780062645371
  • Page: 363
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  • All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor Donald Stratton Ken Gire All the Gallant Men An American Sailor s Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR Donald Stratton one of the battleship s five living heroes delivers a powerful and intimate eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor and his unforgettable return
    THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR Donald Stratton, one of the battleship s five living heroes, delivers a powerful and intimate eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor and his unforgettable return to the fightAt 8 10 a.m on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath hisTHE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR Donald Stratton, one of the battleship s five living heroes, delivers a powerful and intimate eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor and his unforgettable return to the fightAt 8 10 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 nineteen 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 ninety four year old veteran 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 fatalaties 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 seventy fifth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack 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 All the Gallant Men is a book for the ages, one of the most remarkable and remarkably inspiring memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years Library Journal
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    1. Wow This is the greatest non fiction book that I have ever read From the beginning to the end it will grab your heart and move you to tears I had to read awhile and put it down to dry tears and then pick it up again only to dry tears again This sailor allows you into the most precious part of him to read what happened that December morning in Pearl harbor and brings the terror of the attack and the loss of so many gallant men into your life My father served in the Pacific during World War II and [...]

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    2. I finished this book last night, the eve the 75th anniversary I don t know where to begin a review of this book So I think a small quote from page 109 will say it all Dear Lord,Lest I continueMy complacent way,Help me to remember that somewhere,Somehow out thereA man died for me today.As long as there be war,must answerAm I worth dying for Thank you Mr Stratton

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    3. What an amazing man and story When I got to the end and found out he lives in Colorado Springs I emailed my dad who also lives in the Springs We are going to visit in August and I would like to buy this man a meal.

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    4. The memories of a patriot, a war hero, and a great American If you rate this book anything less than 5 stars you need to have your head examined Robert Walker

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    5. An excellent book who the author survived the U.S.S Arizona explosion during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 Stratton, A seaman first class in the United States Navy suffered burns across two thirds of his body After recovering, He reenlisted and fought in the battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa One of the best firsthand accounts on the attack on Pearl Harbor by one of the survivors of the Arizona.

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    6. A love story A sailor and his ship The Arizona.Possably the best book I have ever read Just the right length and not alot of flowery descriptions Just the facts and such an emotional feel to Donald Stratton Loved it and cried thru most of it I feel that I am well acquainted with Donald Stratton Absolutely loved every page.

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    7. I wanted to give it a 4, but the writing style jumped and although the time frames were linear, it was difficult to context his life as a whole, IMHO Not that you didn t get to know Donald and his heroic experiences And I give him utmost credit for his honesty, credibility to facts and detail, and all his loyalties to service It was a 3.5 star at least, but I could not round it up because I took it up and down so much The continuity Transitions of context were lacking, with some gaps in periods [...]

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    8. What a poignant, well written book My high rating, I know, is in part emotional My grandfathers brother was killed in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 He was one of the only two soldiers killed on the USS Helena He was taking position at his battle station when he was killed instantly by shrapnel I wish I had known him the gallant man from my family Reading about others and the horror they experienced makes my heart ache for what he had to endure and for my missed opportunity, in this life, to have [...]

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    9. Exceeds expectations The writing was good The voice was clear I learned so much from it The telling of the events of Pearl Harbor and afterwards was so matter of fact The narrative was not colored in emotional language the way things like this often are You only see glimpses of Stratton s emotions peeking through until the end where he opens up You could see how deeply buried the events of Pearl Harbor and the war were buried inside him, how he was never the same after that day And how could yo [...]

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    10. 5.0 I am glad I read this book on so many levels It may have been absolutely gutt wrenching and unbelievably hard to read, but it is such an important book I will never ever think of December 7th the same ever again I felt honored to have heard Donald Stratton s story and only wish the story of so many of the young men whose lives were lost that day could also be told I really appreciated Don Stratton s honesty, humility, love for his lost shipmates and his self reflective nature His question in [...]

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    11. Raw emotionI felt this memoir It got to me I could make out the scenes in my mind The descriptions were palpable The history rich with sorrow So sad for the few young people that lived with the horrors of Pearl Harbor etched in their minds I learned so much from these pages Humbling Have I lived a good life

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    12. Never having read anything about WWII and generally disliking books on military history, I found this book honest and idealistic It was a fascinating glimpse of the sinking of the USS Arizona and the men who either went down with it or survived I was impressed with the sense of honor of sailors mentioned in the book.

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    13. What an incredible story One of the few remaining survivors of WWII tells his story as one of the even fewer remaining survivors of Pearl Harbor Stratton was aboard the USS Arizona, where nearly half of the deaths on that day came from He tells a remarkable history of remarkable people making remarkable choices, including himself as far as any reader is concerned I struggled to get through this short book because I had to keep setting it aside due to emotions No crying on the gym treadmill, or i [...]

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    14. Finishing this book on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I wanted to LOVE it Unfortunately, it is just okay.I was hoping for a personal memoir, such as UNBROKEN, but found the first 85% of this work to be a history lesson Don Stratton is finally shown in a personal way for the last 15% of the book, but I almost didn t make it there.Mr Stratton is a man to be admired as a hero, but this writing was highly inspirational I blame part of that on the actual writer, Ken Girl Some of the blame mu [...]

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    15. This book is a great combination of author and sailor who survived the sinking of the USS Arizona at Hawaii of December 7, 1941 driving the US into World War II Donald Stratton was a teenager living in Nebraska on that fatal day, he was born and raised in Nebraska, his parents poor as will be described by the author Stratton is 96 years of age now, there are but 5 members of the crew of the Arizona remaining but he has a great memory and as he tells all early in the book during discussions with [...]

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    16. An excellent read by a man who lived through Pearl Harbor A gallant man who felt we should hear his story I am so glad he was brave enough to share it Thanks for serving and now for sharing I definitely understand the difference between brave heroes and gallant men, of which you most certainly are of the gallant variety

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    17. I have ready many books that deal with this period in history, having a first person account makes it all the real, very touching The author s hope for forgiveness in the kingdom to come shows such true humanity.

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    18. First and foremost I want to thank Donald Stratton for his service.I d also like to say that we will never forget the sacrifices he and his fellow servicemen have made for our freedoms that we have today This book was donated to The Hoyt Library upon this review on Dec 7th 2017 Anniversary of Pearl Harbor It was donated with the caption, In honor of All The Gallant Men Thank you to the authors Donald Stratton ,Ken Gire and their publisher William Murrow for this wonderful read but importantly f [...]

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    19. Donald Stratton is one of five living survivors as of the writing of the book and this review of the USS Arizona Since no survivor has written a memoir, Stratton figured that he should tell the story of the Arizona before there was no left.The title of the book comes from the words at the WWII Valor in the Pacific Memorial TO THE MEMORY OF THE GALLANT MENHERE ENTOMBED AND THEIR SHIPMATESWHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN ACTIONON DECEMBER 7, 1941Like many young men of that time, Stratton signed up for the [...]

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    20. This non fictional account of the attack on Pearl Harbor is no nonsense and no frills Donald Stratton was stationed on the USS Arizona the day of the attack and was one of the few to survive Perfect for those looking for a quick read with some punch The reminders of this generation s motivation, work ethic, comradery, and unity allow insight into the Greatest Generation and their beliefs Stratton s harrowing story is one of many, and he s finally telling it as a 94 year old man Thankfully, he kn [...]

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    21. This was such a good book I admit some of the technical language when it came to types of ships, weapons, and ammunition went over my head, but I still really enjoyed this book The personal elements that only someone who was there can add really bring to life just how horrific it was at the time and how much it affected so many people for the rest of their lives.

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    22. Excellent firsthand account of Pearl Harbor I learned much about the events that took place before, during and after this tragedy Much I didn t know or learned in school or movies depicting this event of history One of our nations Greatest Generations records his memories for all of us to remember and hopefully not forget.

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    23. Nothing tells a story better than someone who was there Mr Stratton s story should be a must read in every school.Perhaps his sacrifice and service will inspire others certainly did for me

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    24. Half history lesson half memoir this is a very interesting and poignant look at one of America s darkest hours Filled with things that weren t taught in school and a personal insight into the day that will live in infamy.

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    25. I read this book on Memorial Day, 2017 We should never forget all the sacrifices of these gallant men and must remember their service Thank you Donald Stratton for your service and your story.

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    26. I could not put it down.

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    27. I loved this memoir of Donald Stratton, a survivor of the USS Arizona.This is the story Donald Stratton, who grew up in the mid west He discusses how his family life was like during the Great Depression and then the dust bowl of the 1930 s With little opportunity available to him in Nebraska, he joins the US Navy After going though boot camp, he is assigned to the USS Arizona During his time he met many people who became his friends and family They looked out for one another, trained side by sid [...]

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    28. I was always fond of war stories, but I never read much stories about people being in the Navy during the War, so I was not sure at first But upon reading, I found the book to be amazing From just reading, I can picture all the details that he describes Although a horrific experience, Stratton did an amazing job depicting the details of the war.

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    29. All I know is that there is a part of me that never left the Arizona That part will always be nineteen, always a little uneasy about the sunrise, always watching the sky, listening for the drone of planes not our own One of the most well written WWII memoirs I have ever read.

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