(Silent Running My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine) [New] ¹ James F. Calvert
James F. Calvert ò 7 reviewA memoir of the uthor s 9 wartime patrols on US Navy submarine in WWII 8 on the USS Jack nd 1 on the USS Haddo It is n easy yet engaging read As it is memoir it is not overly technical In fact the language is The Scent of Rosa's Oil almost conversational You couldlmost envision yourself sitting on the floor next to n elderly grandpa listening to him recount the stories of each patrol nd the rest periods in between And because of the conversational
style I often found myself cheering in my head when they firedI often found myself cheering in my head when they fired of torpedoes Nobodys Angel (Willow Park, and sankn enemy ship Eually so I felt the tension when they were submerged
attempting to slink way the enemy dumped barrage fter barrage of depth charges over the side t them This book definitely provides uniue viewpoint into one spect of the war in the Pacific Two things that stood out1 He honesty bout his internal thoughts Defending Hearts and some struggles This is mostpparent when he recounts his the tension he married man felt bout n overly familiar relationship nd ttachment to young woman in Australia FYI thankfully for Jim his wife nd us the relationship remains PG2 The Speed At Which The speed t which were promoted reassigned Feel the Heat (Phoenix Agency, and movedround during the war In the three years t sea Jim the uthor moved from Sudden Fury (The Last Gunfighter, an ensign fresh from submariner schoolnd having never been in Spiky a sub before to executive officer second in command It seems uick But it was necessary And not inappropriate given how uickly men gained experience in combat Son of WW II submarineMy father was n officer on the Pomfret SS 391 that might have been one of the other submarines mentioned in this book s his experiences rewere very similar to those described both in terms of time nd location The famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle spent time on the Pomfret Dungeon of Death and wrotebout it in one of his columns Like many Das Boot but s n American war memoir It makes for very interesting reading I Love Rockets appreciated the juxtaposition of personal storiesgainst technical discussion bout the operation of WWII submarine Fascinating For my money the best WW2 submarine memoir I ve read It is particularly effective because Calvert was A Deceptive Homecoming (Hattie Davish Mystery, a junior officernd not the skipper of the submarine nd this was nice change from the typical view from the top memoirI lso was very impressed t the candor Calvert displayed when talking bout the girl he dated in Australia while his wife was back in the States That s usually n rea of military utobiography that the old soldiers nd sailors leave in the past Not Calvert He ddressess it forthrightly The Hired Man and recounts when he told his wifebout the other womanI would place Silent Running s one of the best military memoirs I ve read Silent Running is remarkably forthright nd exciting ccount of Almost A Gentleman a junior officer who served on two submarines during nine war patrols Theccount likely benefits from being written by Vice Admiral fter he had retired from the Navy nd his second career in industry The wisdom earned through lifetime experience enabled him to provide deep nd thoughtful ccount of his wartime experience The delay in writing does not seem to diminish the fine details of his ccount nor cause him to white wash his service to better portray himself Several times I was surprised by how open he was bout his fears failures nd shortcomings He was Here by the Bloods also particularly complementarybout his mentors nd many individuals on his crewThe books perspective was especially valuable for modern day submarine officers nd naval officers in general His discussion on training nd the challenges of dealing with high turnover of the crew provided some good historical perspective on similar challenges faced today Most WWII submarine ccounts focus primarily. A riveting tension filled chronicle of life underwater by much decorated hero who became the second youngest rear dmiral in the history of th. .And Attempting To Slink Away
On the war patrols themselves VADM Calvert spent fair mount of time describing transits nd training periods that provide some perspective time describing transits nd training periods that provide some perspective how they prepared for combat in Bound (Torn Trilogy, a very shortmount of time The ccounts of bad decisions nd multiple near misses re especially interesting to the professional The no nonsense way the officers
Evaluated An Incident And Effectively Addressed It Are Especially Refreshingan incident nd effectively ddressed it re especially refreshing Loyalty and Lies anyone who is veteran of multi part shipyard style critiue or written book sized incident reportThe book is very readable Fortunes Flames and engaging I recommend it fornyone interested in WWII or submarine operations This is fascinating first hand ccount of life board WWII ttack submarine operating in the pacific theater written by n ccomplished career Naval officer The book "explores the extreme conditions that the submariners of " the extreme conditions that the submariners of USS Jack experienced while on war patrol It lso recounts harrowing encounters with Japanese convoys nd their destroyer escorts nd the experience of evading depth charge counter ttack while uietly sitting on the ocean floor I was enthralled by this first hand retelling I ve read Claiming Her a shelf load of WWII submarine biographiesnd this is one of the better ones One of the things I liked bout it was that the uthor wasn t the skipper of the boat but came board s green Ensign just out of submarine school nd over the course of few ction packed wartime years worked his way up to Executive Officer This is nuts nd bolts story telling how the boat worked in terms of tactics Murder Go Round and operations not in technical way but in How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis a manner thatllows you to visualize what the submarine is doing Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential and how it stalked its prey Youlso get good feeling for how young officers learned their trade in wartime submarines what live was like in the cramped conditions of the submarine nd the Calvert skipper of the Skate the first submarine to surface Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 at the North Polend third person chosen by Admiral Rickover to command The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) a nuclear submarine describes his Annapolis studiesnd eventual choice of submarine duty Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 as his service during World War II He is uncommonly forthright in this memoir describing his terrornd mistakes on what would become nine combat patrols eight on the USSJack nd the last on the Hado He was very lucky He had some excellent skippers the first being Tommy Dykers from whom he learned great deal Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child and he had very forgiving Captain Warder later Admiral who saved him from making The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 a serious career move late in the war After eight combat patrols Calvert decided he wanted to become naval Of Mice and Men aviatornd he went through ll the tests nd physical examinations in preparation to be sent back to the states for retraining He had ccumulated ll the necessary endorsements except from Warder who was commander of the task force Calvert s sub was ssigned to Warder saying that Calvert would thank him for it later tore up ll the paperwork with little explanation It turned out to be very smart career event for Calvert Had he returned to Pensacola for retraining his career s I Was Anastasia a naval officer would have hit dead end because the war ended soon thereafter Choice of the Cat and there were hundreds of flyers whom the navy had no room for Instead he ended the wars the exec on Three Cups of Deceit anctive sub The submarine force had lost than twenty five percent of its officers Sparrow Road and men so his future was much secure Calvert was with the Jack from the beginningnd coupled with some rigorous training A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston andn obvious talent he became superb TDC operator The TDC operator set the torpedo s course based on the pproach officer s readings On their first patrol in June 1943 the Jack had five hits nd four confirmed kills despite problems with the dreaded HOR engi. 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Nes which were constant nuisance The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors always breaking downnd faulty torpedoes detonators The sub continued to take its toll on enemy shipping At one point hit n enemy to take toll on enemy shipping At one point Calvert hit n enemy t 5000 yards roughly three times the maximum distance recommended for ccurate torpedo shooting A Japanese The Neural Basis of Free Will admiral radioed forssistance during one ttack claiming he was under ttack by wolf pack when it was only the Jack earning for the sub the nickname Jack the Pack Calvert s last mission was to Tokyo Bay but the surrender was nnounced s they were on their way there Because there had been some ttacks on ships by Japanese forces even Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, after the stand downnnouncement they received Past Destinies a message from Admiral Halsey to shoot downny Japanese planes they saw in Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 a friendly fashion Once in Tokyo Bay they tied up with hundreds of otherllied ships It was here that Calvert If Wishes Were Horses and some other officers of his crewlmost caused n international incident They had been given permission to leave the sub nd visit the Japanese submarine base but they had been given explicit verbal nd written orders not to leave the base Seeing large hole in the wall round the sub base they decided to take trip in to Tokyo so they hopped board train They were fortunate to find friendly railroad guide in the Tokyo station who greed to show them round the city He warned them several times of remaining together nd not to go certain places because many of the Japanese troops were considering disobeying the Emperor s surrender Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day and had said they would continue to defend the homeland When they returned they were met byn A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 angry MP colonel who placed themll under rrest nd promised swift courts martial Calvert s luck held nd his old mentor got him off the hook There would be no charges The formal surrender took place the next day nd they sailed for home Calvert relates his memoirs with sensitivity nd great ffection for his shipmates the scene when he desperately tries to see the chief of the boat following The Unspeakable Mind a terrible carccident is truly poignant He combines n intimate knowledge of the nitty gritty technical details of submarine warfare with the fast paced ction "And Nail Biting Tension " nail biting tension Tom Clancy will never be Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought able to duplicate having never been there He recounts the perilous nighttime catnd mouse games that Dykers played with convoy escorts Murder at Beechwood accompanied on the bridge by crewman renowned for his night vision nd the disconcerting habit of singing Nearer My God to Thee whenever the situation got tense He was only 24 t the end of the war nd retired s n dmiral many years later Somehow Goodreads got Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space ahead of me I mbout Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) a chapter short of finishing the book But event this point Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, andt the risk of stating the obvious I can say this is Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil a fascinating personalccount by submariner during WW II Calvert reveals to the reader what it s like serving on submarine during the war in intimate detail He takes you through both the tedium nd the terror s well Alien: Sea of Sorrows as his personal lifeshore both Journey Of Fate at homend Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation away Coincidentallynd contemporaneously I watched Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. a film on TV called something like Submarine 571 As result of having read most of Calvert s ccount I could understand better what was supposedly portrayed nd could Holding Up the Universe also understand that some of the things portrayed in the film were simply impossible ort least unrealistic You wouldn t call this ccount literature but you sure would call it informative nd Satellite at least for me spellbinding I suspectnyone interested in submarines or naval warfare would find Calvert s first hand Blank Darkness account fascinating For me this was justnother WWII book that reminded me of the senselessness of war nd the lengths men will go to to kill one nother. Authorized visit with three other officers to Tokyo just prior to the official surrender making them the first Americans to reach Japan's capita.
James F. Calvert
James F. Calvert