Gallant Lady: A Biography of the USS Archerfish

By Ken Henry and Don Keith
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14.55 Hours 10/01/2004 unabridged
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The Archerfish, a diesel powered Balao-class submarine crafted in the 1940s, won a unique, heroic place in military history and the memories of her crew members. Here is her story; from her assembly in New England and her dedication by Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal secretary, to her service in World War II, where she broke the back of the Japanese Navy, and her critical role in the Cold War. Here, too, is the story of her crew, who waited years to serve on the Archerfish. In their own words, these men tell how, against all odds, they sent a Japanese aircraft carrier to the ocean floor. Heroic actions, exotic ports, B-girls, perilous shore leaves, and the fascinating details of life aboard a sub—it’s all here. An extraordinary real-life odyssey, Gallant Lady is a vivid, unforgettable portrait of a submariner’s life.

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Summary

Summary

An Editor’s Choice Selection of the Military Book Club

The Archerfish, a diesel powered Balao-class submarine crafted in the 1940s, won a unique, heroic place in military history and the memories of her crew members. Here is her story; from her assembly in New England and her dedication by Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal secretary, to her service in World War II, where she broke the back of the Japanese Navy, and her critical role in the Cold War.

Here, too, is the story of her crew, who waited years to serve on the Archerfish. In their own words, these men tell how, against all odds, they sent a Japanese aircraft carrier to the ocean floor. Heroic actions, exotic ports, B-girls, perilous shore leaves, and the fascinating details of life aboard a sub—it’s all here. An extraordinary real-life odyssey, Gallant Lady is a vivid, unforgettable portrait of a submariner’s life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The next best thing to serving on the Archerfish is reading this book. It’s a great Navy story about a great ship and crew.” Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Liberty
“[Many] great characters, a good plot, and best of all, it’s true! A great story.” Larry Bond, coauthor (with Tom Clancy) of Red Storm Rising
“And in the broad sense…the authors have caught the full range, the essence, and the spirit of a near-unbelievable saga of real men doing their duty first, then savoring liberty’s rewards to the maximum.” Captain Gordon W. Engquist, Commanding Officer, USS Archerfish (AGSS-311), 1964-1965
“Gallant Lady is an exciting, fast-reading chronicle of the legendary sub. Every submariner wanted the Archerfish…[Listen to] Gallant Lady and you’ll understand why.” Jay Franco, Military Book Club
“I remember once as we sailed down Tokyo Bay with the homeward-bound pennant flying, I involuntarily patted her on the side and I swear she responded with a shudder from within. Archerfish, as I know her—and I know her well—is a fine woman. But I know her to be a great and gallant lady, and I shall always remember her just that way, the way she was.” Former Archerfish Commander Robert B. (Scotty) McComb

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Author

Author Bio: Ken Henry

Ken Henry retired from the US Navy in 1974 as a senior chief engineman. He was one of the first volunteers accepted for Operation Sea Scan aboard the USS Archerfish and is the coauthor of Gallant Lady, a biography of the ship. He currently lives in South Florida.

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Author Bio: Don Keith

Don Keith is a successful broadcaster and critically acclaimed novelist. He attended the University of Alabama, where he received his degree in broadcast and film. Keith has won numerous awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for news writing and reporting; he has also won Billboard magazine’s Radio Personality of the Year award. His first novel, The Forever Season, won the Alabama Literary Association’s Fiction of the Year Award in 1997. He currently lives with his wife in Indian Springs Village, Alabama.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English