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USS Pampanito : killer-angel
Michno, Gregory, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 445 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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D783.5.P4 M53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Most World War II submarine stories are glorifications of war written by submarine captains about their own boats. USS Pampanito, however, is not a typical submarine adventure. It is the story of a sub and crew that, though they caused plenty of destruction, found the pinnacle of their honor and fame in a dramatic sea rescue. Gregory F. Michno relates the experiences of the crewmen who served on the USS Pampanito -- both the enlisted men and the officers.

The Pampanito story begins with the boat's construction in 1943, continues through its six combat missions, to its decommissioning after the war in 1945. The heart of the book focuses on the September 12-14, 1944, attack on a Japanese convoy carrying English and Australian POWs from the Burma Siam Railway (of Bridge on the River Kwai fame) to prison camps in Japan. The Pampanito helped sink two of the prison ships, unwittingly killing hundreds of Allied soldiers, then returned to rescue its own victims. The Pampanito crew picked a record seventy-three men from the sea.

USS Pampanito: Killer Angel presents a full picture of life on a "pigboat" and the attitudes of a whole generation who found their defining experience in World War II.

Author Notes

Gregory F. Michno has won numerous awards for his books, which include "Lakota Noon", an Indian perspective to the Battle of Little Bighorn. He works for the state of Michigan's department of social services in Ypsilanti.

(Bowker Author Biography)