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In the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the legendary U.S. Navy submarine Tang was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface, while the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges. As the air ran out, some of the crew made a daring ascent through the escape hatch. In the end, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived.

But the survivors were beginning a far greater ordeal. After being picked up by the Japanese, they were sent to an interrogation camp known as the Torture Farm.” When they were liberated in 1945, they were close to death, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese, including the greatest secret of World War II.

With the same heart-pounding narrative drive that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to life this incredible story of survival and endurance.

Published: Da Capo Press on Apr 14, 2009
ISBN: 9780306817632
List price: $15.95
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This is the story of the USS Tang who in her five war patrols sank more enemy ships and rescued more airmen than any other allied ship at that time.During her final 2 night battle (on her 5th patrol) with two convoys, sank 5 more ships before she was struck and sunk by a defective torpedo. Of the crew of ninety only 9 survived. 4 that were blow off the bridge, and 5 who made the not only historic but heroic accent from a depth of 180 ft.The story of the battle and the escape read like a Hollywood movie script. But all true. The second part of the book deals with their capture and torture in the Japanese interrogation camp know as the "torture Farm"The last few chapters deal with their return and not always a happy ending.Alex Kershaw has wrote an excellent and readable history of a little known and regretfully almost forgotten part of the war in the Pacific.read more
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If you haven't read any books recently on action in World War II, this should be your next book to read. This is the story of the USS Tang, one of the most highly decorated submarines of the war. Near the end of her fifth patrol under command of Capt. Richard O'Kane, she was struck by an errant torpedo and sunk in the Formosa Straits. Only nine crewmen survived, including five who had to escape from the sunken sub as it rested on the bottom in 180 feet of water. Unfortunately for the survivors, this was only the beginning of their ordeal. They were to face over 10 months as prisoners in Japanese POW camps. After repeated beatings, torture and malnutrition, many returned home only to face broken homes, flashbacks of their months of torture, and recurring feelings of guilt that they had survived the cruel deaths of the rest of their crew. The book is well researched and includes much material gleaned from personal interviews with the survivors and many of the families of the crew. A fascinating true story that relates very well to all of us who owe so much to the members of our armed forces who served in the past and those who continue to protect us now.read more
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For me, this is a book I could not put down. My father was a submariner during WW II, but rarely talked about
his experiences. This book allowed me to enter his world during the war. Highly recommended for any one even mildly interested in the man and machines of this horrid war.read more
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This is the story of the USS Tang who in her five war patrols sank more enemy ships and rescued more airmen than any other allied ship at that time.During her final 2 night battle (on her 5th patrol) with two convoys, sank 5 more ships before she was struck and sunk by a defective torpedo. Of the crew of ninety only 9 survived. 4 that were blow off the bridge, and 5 who made the not only historic but heroic accent from a depth of 180 ft.The story of the battle and the escape read like a Hollywood movie script. But all true. The second part of the book deals with their capture and torture in the Japanese interrogation camp know as the "torture Farm"The last few chapters deal with their return and not always a happy ending.Alex Kershaw has wrote an excellent and readable history of a little known and regretfully almost forgotten part of the war in the Pacific.
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If you haven't read any books recently on action in World War II, this should be your next book to read. This is the story of the USS Tang, one of the most highly decorated submarines of the war. Near the end of her fifth patrol under command of Capt. Richard O'Kane, she was struck by an errant torpedo and sunk in the Formosa Straits. Only nine crewmen survived, including five who had to escape from the sunken sub as it rested on the bottom in 180 feet of water. Unfortunately for the survivors, this was only the beginning of their ordeal. They were to face over 10 months as prisoners in Japanese POW camps. After repeated beatings, torture and malnutrition, many returned home only to face broken homes, flashbacks of their months of torture, and recurring feelings of guilt that they had survived the cruel deaths of the rest of their crew. The book is well researched and includes much material gleaned from personal interviews with the survivors and many of the families of the crew. A fascinating true story that relates very well to all of us who owe so much to the members of our armed forces who served in the past and those who continue to protect us now.
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For me, this is a book I could not put down. My father was a submariner during WW II, but rarely talked about
his experiences. This book allowed me to enter his world during the war. Highly recommended for any one even mildly interested in the man and machines of this horrid war.
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