426 pages, 7 x 10", hardcover, acid-free paper, 30 photographs, 11 maps.
This book is about the destroyer WILKES, from its commissioning on April 22, 1941, until its decommissioning at Charleston, SC in 1946. It explains why the ship, which earned 10 battle stars, was called "The Lucky Ship." The maritime disaster at Newfoundland with the loss of the POLLUX and TRUXTON and the narrow excape of the WILKES off of the rocks is fully covered. Two months later the WILKES was rammed by a tanker and again her luck held.
The operations of the ship in North Africa and the subsequent operations in the Pacific are told in detail. From convoy duty, operations with the Seventh Fleet in the New Guinea campaign, operations with the Third Fleet under Admiral Halsey, until the final operation at Okinawa. The luck of the ship held and that is what this book is about. It also tells of the operations of the various departments of a wartime destroyer.
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