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035 _a(OCoLC)933727437
040 _aTOH
050 4 _aD781
_b.G47 2016
082 0 4 _a940.54/293092275531
100 1 _aGeroux, William,
245 1 4 _aThe Mathews men :
_bseven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats /
_cWilliam Geroux.
246 3 _aMathews men :
_b7 brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats
264 1 _aNew York, New York :
264 4 _c©2016
300 _aix, 390 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates :
_billustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ;
_c24 cm
336 _atext
336 _astill image
337 _aunmediated
338 _avolume
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 321-375) and index.
505 0 _aA gift from the predators -- Born to the water -- The Devil's shovel -- Missing -- Professional survivors -- "Off Hatteras the tankers sink" -- Killing ground to battleground -- "Avoid polar bear liver" -- Catastrophe -- "Please don't tell me" -- Counterattack -- The conveyor belt -- War's end -- Legacy -- The Mathews men and women.
520 _aOne of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II: the U-boat assault off the American coast against the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine who were supplying the European war, and one community's monumental contribution to that effort.
520 _aOne of the indelible images of World War II is of an explosion at sea-- a U-boat attack, a ship in flames, and an ocean full of men swimming for their lives. The Mathews Men tells the story of what it was like to be on those ships in an almost unknown epic sea battle that took place just off the coast of America. Its heroes were the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine, celebrated at long last in this book. Mathews County, Virginia, is a remote outpost on the Chesapeake Bay. Its men had gone to sea for generations, but in 1942, Mathews mariners suddenly found themselves in the crosshairs of a lethal fleet of U-boats. The Germans were determined to sink every American merchant ship they could, to strangle the flow of fuel, arms, and supplies to the Allies. The U.S. Navy initially lacked the inclination and resources to protect the unarmed vessels, and the carnage was staggering. Ships were sometimes torpedoed before the eyes of tourists on American beaches. Nearly every family in tiny Mathews had a personal stake in the U-boat war, and none had a greater one than that of Captain Jesse and Henrietta Hodges and their seven sons. The Hodges family would experience the war from the Gulf of Mexico to the Indian Ocean to the Arctic Circle. Drawing on interviews with the last living Mathews mariners, family records, diaries, letters, and official documents, journalist William Geroux describes how men survived torpedo explosions, flaming oil slicks, storms, shark attacks, and harrowing lifeboat odysseys-- only to ship out again as soon as they'd returned to safety. Merchant mariners often died terrible deaths, and suffered a higher casualty rate than any branch of the U.S. military except the Marines-- but were denied veterans benefits for decades. This is a story of valor without glory, of the men who made sure no Allied invasion force was ever thrown back into the sea for want of supplies or weaponry. Merchant mariners landed at D-Day and delivered the crew of the Enola Gay to the Pacific, and when the war was over, it was Merchant Marine ships that brought the troops home. Geroux evokes in vivid, human detail a war beyond the familiar battlefields and its toll on the families back home. Unrecognized by the government, unheralded in the history books, the achievements and sacrifices of the Merchant Marine have been largely ignored-until now.--Adapted from dust jacket.
596 _a2 11 22 27 49 68 96 151 180
600 3 0 _aHodges family.
650 0 _aWorld War, 1939-1945
_xNaval operations
650 0 _aWorld War, 1939-1945
_xNaval operations, German.
650 0 _aMerchant mariners
_zUnited States.
650 0 _aSubmarines (Ships)
_y20th century.
650 0 _aMerchant mariners
_zUnited States
650 0 _aBrothers
650 0 _aSubmarines (Ships)
651 0 _aAtlantic Coast (U.S.)
_xHistory, Naval
_y20th century.
651 0 _aMathews County (Va.)
651 0 _aMathews County (Va.)
_xHistory, Naval
_y20th century.
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