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The galloping ghost : the extraordinary life of submarine legend Eugene Fluckey / Carl LaVO.

By: LaVO, Carl, 1944-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2007Description: xvi, 206 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781591144564 (alk. paper); 1591144566 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Barb (Ship) | Fluckey, Eugene B., 1913-2007 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- Submarine | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean | Admirals -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification: Online resources: Table of contents only Review: "Eugene Fluckey was one of the great naval heroes of World War II. His exploits as captain of the submarine USS Barb revolutionized undersea warfare and laid the groundwork for the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine fleet that today is the primary deterrent and capability of the United States against nuclear attack. Now a retired rear-admiral living in Annapolis, Maryland, he is the most decorated living American, having earned numerous presidential, congressional, and military honors, including the Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses. In the war against Japan, Fluckey fired the first ballistic missiles from a submarine, sank more tonnage than any other U.S. submarine skipper, including an aircraft carrier, a cruiser, and a destroyer, and blew up a train after landing submariners-turned-saboteurs on mainland Japan in 1945. The title of this biography is the legendary submariner's nickname, "Galloping Ghost, " a reference to the hit-and-run tactics that left his enemies baffled about the direction of his attacks." "Here is the admiral's story, told with the exclusive access to Admiral Fluckey's personal papers and based on interviews with him, his family, and Barb shipmates, access to official Navy documents, and the recollections of his contemporaries. The author, Carl LaVO, who spent years researching the subject, offers not only a dramatic, action-filled account of Fluckey's wartime experiences, but also a description of his life before and after that captures the infectious optimism contributing to his many successes."--BOOK JACKET.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This is the story of the captain who sank more enemy tonnage than any other submarine skipper during the Pacific War. The author draws on Admiral Fluckey's personal documents, official Naval records, & interviews with Fluckey, his family & surviving shipmates to recount the life & career of one of the Navy's most illustrious heroes.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-193) and index.

"Eugene Fluckey was one of the great naval heroes of World War II. His exploits as captain of the submarine USS Barb revolutionized undersea warfare and laid the groundwork for the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine fleet that today is the primary deterrent and capability of the United States against nuclear attack. Now a retired rear-admiral living in Annapolis, Maryland, he is the most decorated living American, having earned numerous presidential, congressional, and military honors, including the Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses. In the war against Japan, Fluckey fired the first ballistic missiles from a submarine, sank more tonnage than any other U.S. submarine skipper, including an aircraft carrier, a cruiser, and a destroyer, and blew up a train after landing submariners-turned-saboteurs on mainland Japan in 1945. The title of this biography is the legendary submariner's nickname, "Galloping Ghost, " a reference to the hit-and-run tactics that left his enemies baffled about the direction of his attacks." "Here is the admiral's story, told with the exclusive access to Admiral Fluckey's personal papers and based on interviews with him, his family, and Barb shipmates, access to official Navy documents, and the recollections of his contemporaries. The author, Carl LaVO, who spent years researching the subject, offers not only a dramatic, action-filled account of Fluckey's wartime experiences, but also a description of his life before and after that captures the infectious optimism contributing to his many successes."--BOOK JACKET.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Prologue (p. xi)
  • The Bomb (p. xi)
  • Part 1
  • North Beach (p. 1)
  • 20/20 (p. 7)
  • Over and Under (p. 17)
  • Submersibles (p. 29)
  • War Fish (p. 37)
  • The Boat from Scotland (p. 42)
  • Part 2
  • Rift (Seventh Patrol) (p. 50)
  • Kito (Eighth Patrol) (p. 58)
  • Lost (Ninth Patrol) (p. 73)
  • Chaos (Tenth Patrol) (p. 88)
  • Secret Harbor (Eleventh Patrol) (p. 97)
  • Mom Chung (p. 110)
  • Graduation (Twelfth Patrol) (p. 117)
  • Part 3
  • Nimitz (p. 132)
  • The Fluckey Factor (p. 142)
  • Flag Officer (p. 152)
  • Boomers (p. 160)
  • Sintra (p. 166)
  • Epilogue (p. 175)
  • In His Light (p. 176)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 187)
  • Bibliographic Essay (p. 189)
  • USS Barb Muster Rolls (p. 195)
  • Index (p. 201)