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All the Gallant Men Audiobook

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor

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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary first and only memoir by a survivor of the USS Arizona, published in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

An unforgettable and moving story of tragedy, heroism, resilience, and redemption that is sure to become an enduring document of American history, All the Brave Men is a sailor's moment-by-moment eyewitness account of the Japanese surprise attack that decimated the US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and his inspiring return to active duty to carry on the Allied fight in the Pacific.

On December 7, 1941, the Arizona was moored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, alongside seven other American battleships. At 7:55 a.m., the leisurely Sunday morning's serenity was broken by the drone of bomb-laden Japanese Zeros swooping from the sky. The Arizona was the first battleship targeted in a massive surprise attack by the Empire of Japan; 353 imperial warplanes swarmed Battleship Row and neighboring Hickam Airfield in a meticulously planned assault launched to cripple America's Pacific Fleet.

Amid the terrifying chaos of explosions and incessant machine gun fire, 19-year-old Seaman First Class Donald Stratton raced to his battle station on the Arizona. Barely 15 minutes into the attack, a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb hit the ship, setting off a million pounds of munitions and 180,000 gallons of aviation fuel aboard. The explosion lifted the massive battleship out of the water, causing the forward deck to buckle, and engulfed it in an enormous 50-foot fireball that tore through the antiaircraft platform where Don and his team were stationed.

Burned over more than 65 percent of his body, Don, with his gunnery team, miraculously escaped the inferno; using their charred hands, they climbed across a 70-foot-long rope stretched 45 feet above flaming, oil-slicked water to reach the Vestal, moored nearby. While Don made it out alive, 1,177 of his crewmates perished - more than half the American casualty total of the attack.

But this remarkable story does not end here. After more than a year of grueling treatment, including learning to walk again, Don recovered and doggedly battled navy bureaucracy to reenlist. Determined to take the fight to the enemy, he participated in some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific, including the invasions of New Guinea, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.

Told in remarkable, never-before-revealed first-person detail, this powerful and uplifting memoir of war and survival resonates with the spirit, heart, and undaunted courage of such beloved best sellers as Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat.

©2016 Donald Stratton and Ken Gire (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Alan C. Nash Melbourne, FL 02-05-17
    Alan C. Nash Melbourne, FL 02-05-17

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    "DRUG ON NEAR THE END"

    I loved the book up until the past few chapters. The emperor was not present at the surrender. I thought that he dwelled too long on his inability to forgive.

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    Cris Conerty 01-15-17
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    "Absolutely wonderful book!"

    I am just a normal middle aged mom with a interest in war history due to my grandfather being a WW2 vet. this book is about much more than the war, or Pearl Harbor. It is full of life lessons and inspiration that made a permanent mark in my mind and on my heart.

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    Scott Chestertown, MD, United States 11-27-16
    Scott Chestertown, MD, United States 11-27-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Great First Person Account"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first person account was one of the best I have read about WW2.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-09-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-09-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Fiirst person account of Pearl Harbor attack"

    94 year old Don Stratton was a 19 year old Navy man aboard the USS Arizona when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941. He writes about his youth in Nebraska , joining the Navy fresh out of high school, the Japanese attack, his injuries (burns over 60% of his body), rejoining the Navy 2 years later despite having been honorably discharged, and his life since. I've toured the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor three times and Mr. Stratton mentions details of which I was unaware. Three of my mothers brothers, two Marines and one Navy sailor, were there on the "day that will live in infamy". All three lived with relatively minor injuries, but none would discuss the attack in detail other than to say they were on duty when the attack occurred and it was horrible.

    All the Gallant Men is a must listen treasure which I VERY, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Thank you, Mr. Stratton!

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    Joseph Alvarez 08-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Truly amazing story."

    This is a truly amazing story from a unique perspective. It's so very important to hear the trials and tribulations from the source itself. Listening to this book made me go out and look things up on my own. Such as the pictures and film of Pearl Harbor. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in U.S. history, history of war and everyone else. I also think this book would be beneficial to any high school student in any U.S. History class.

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    Nels 08-08-17
    Nels 08-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!!"

    This is an amazing account, fantastic book, extremely well researched and presented. A true hero.

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    Michael J. Mountain Virginia Beach, Va 07-14-17
    Michael J. Mountain Virginia Beach, Va 07-14-17 Member Since 2009
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    "A very personal account of that fateful day."
    If you could sum up All the Gallant Men in three words, what would they be?

    Simply The Best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Other than Mr. Stratton, I would have to say the USS Arizona Band. Donald Stratton did a terrific job of bringing the human experience of that day to the forefront. Rather than a dry historical chronology of events, Mr. Stratton made the Arizona and her crew come to life.


    What about Mike Ortego’s performance did you like?

    He was very effective in conveying the emotional impact of this story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! I was like sitting down with Mr. Stratton and listening to him tell his story.


    Any additional comments?

    My heartfelt thanks to Donald Stratton for telling his story. It was his generation, my father's generation that made me want to join the Navy and carry on their legacy.

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    Marj 06-11-17
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    "one book we all should read"

    I am not a fan of war stories, because they hurt too much. it took determination to read this one all the way through. but I had to finish; I owe it to the ones who had to live through it.

    if we forget our past, the old cliche is operable!e,: ,we are destined to repeat it. I hope you will consider reading as a way to honor those who served. we owe them that !uch.

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    Sarah 05-02-17
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    "Amazing"

    This book has left me with a heavy heart to hear first hand if what happened on one of the worst days in America. I do recommend that this book be read as it was a great read and gave me a greater apprication of the men and women who protect our lives as Americans!!

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    C. Millea lincoln, ca usa 03-30-17
    C. Millea lincoln, ca usa 03-30-17 Member Since 2013

    I like historical novels.

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    "A Real Story"

    This story about surviving the Pearl Harbor attack is told by an actual survivor of the Arizona battleship totally destroyed in the attack. It's from his perspective and actual events of what happened to him & seeing firsthand & close up this devastating attack. So that no one should ever forget. A brave & honorable man.

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