On December 7, 1941, as the great battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A crack team of U.S. Navy salvage divers headed by Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. Their two-part orders are direct and straightforward: (1) rescue as many trapped sailors and Marines as possible, and (2) resurrect what remains of America's once mighty pacific fleet. Descent Into Darkness tells their story.
©1996 Edward C. Raymer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I first read this book back in the summer of 1996. Since then, I had lost my copy and was very pleased to see that they have published more now. It is as fasinating and informative now as it was back then. As a naval history fan, this book is one that really filled in what happened after the bombs stopped falling. I cant imagine what it must have been like for the men who lived through the events Mr. Raymer writes about. He really conveys the experiences and makes you feel like you are there next to him trying to make your way through complete darkness knowing that the bodies of your fellow sailors surround you. Mr. Raymer is not only an outstanding man for the work he did during the war, but also as an author, who 72 years later still keeps history alive.
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