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

by Donald Stratton
$27.99

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Date: January 05, 2018

ISBN: 9780062645364

Binding: Paperback

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At 8:06 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-five-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. Stratton would sail back to the Pacific War in 1944, where he would participate in the invasion of Okinawa and other major battles. A top-ten New York Times bestseller with more than 150,000 copies sold, All the Gallant Men has been acclaimed as one of the most remarkable-and remarkably inspiring-memoirs to emerge from World War II.