A Tale of Two Subs: An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary Heroism

A Tale of Two Subs: An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary Heroism

by Jonathan J. McCullough

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Overview

On November 19, 1943, the submarine USS Sculpin, under attack by the Japanese, slid below the waves for the last time in what would become one of the most remarkable stories in U.S. Naval history. Not only did several crewmembers survive the sinking - an extremely rare event in World War II submarine warfare - but several were aboard a Japanese aircraft carrier enroute to a POW camp when it was in turn torpedoed and sunk by the Sculpin's sister ship, the USS Sailfish.

At the end of World War II, several unlikely survivors would tell a tale of endurance against these amazing reversals of fortune. For one officer in particular, who knew that being captured could have meant losing the war for the allies, his struggle was not in surviving, but in sealing his own fate in a heartbreaking act of heroism which culminated in the nation's highest tribute, the Medal of Honor.

Sculpin Lt. Commander John Phillip Cromwell was one of the few who knew that American Naval Intelligence had succeeded in cracking Japan's top-secret codes. Cromwell also knew that if the Japanese confirmed this by torturing him, it would force Naval Intelligence to change their encryption, which would potentially change the course of the war. This is Cromwell's story as well.

The incredible interconnection of the Sculpin and the Sailfish has been thoroughly researched by Jonathan McCullough. Through access to the few living survivors, scores of oral histories, never-before translated Japanese war documents, and interviews with Navy veterans, McCullough delivers a gripping and, intimate account for the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446537070
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/13/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 276,829
File size: 328 KB

About the Author

JONATHAN J. MCCULLOUGH has served for many years as an editor at Lyons Press, and has edited numerous books on a variety of nonfiction subjects, including World War II.

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A Tale of Two Subs: An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary Heroism 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. It seemed the action was unfolding before my eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johnathan McCullough is really a good writer on the suject. He knows what he is writing about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not just a boring set of facts. Author interweaves the incredible accomplishment of breaking the Japanese code (and puts it in understandable perspective that makes this feat astounding) with the missions of two sister boats (as submarines are called). He tells the stories as if you were there (conversations, commands) and along the way you realize how much so many men gave up for our country. Great suspense as the subs become the hunted on several missions.
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Well, I haven't read it yet but I might get the book soon so I hope to read it.