Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

A Bluejacket's Odyssey in World War II

Book - 2007 | 1st Yale University Press ed
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In this memoir of life aboard aircraft carriers during World War II, Alvin Kernan combines vivid recollections of his experience as a young enlisted sailor with a rich historical account of the Pacific war. Kernan served in many battles and was aboard the Hornet when it was sunk by torpedoes in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
“One of the most arresting naval autobiographies yet published.”—Sir John Keegan
“An honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[Kernan] recounts a wonderful and exciting American story about a poor farm boy from Wyoming who enlisted in the Navy. . . .[He] has written eight other books. I will go back and read them all.”—John Lehman, Air & Space
“Details . . . make the moment vivid; that is what it was like, on the Hornet in its last hours.”—Samuel Hynes, New York Times Book Review

Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2007
Edition: 1st Yale University Press ed
ISBN: 0300123159 (alk. paper)
9780300123159 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 940.545973 KER
Characteristics: xvii, 180 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Sep 21, 2017

Very up close experience of a feller from Wyoming, joins the Navy serves his Country with distinction during WW ll . "They had prepped, cleaned and oiled the guns, checked ammo belts, Tracer, A.P.(armor piercing), incendiary,tracer, ball rounds. On the flight deck Ready to Launch but CIC has not heard from the Fighters who are looking for the Japs. the air Boss says launch. Now they are looking for the fighters who are looking for the Japs, instead they find the Japs. He flew with the first launch of carrier-borne night fighters in 1943, as the turret gunner of a radar-equipped TBF accompanying Hellcats on the hunt for Japanese bombers. That experience included one highly dramatic sortie that earned Kernan the Navy Cross.


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