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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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    "Great story of courage and determination"

    Loved the whole story. Very movivated and inspiration. We need more stories of our Servicemen

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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"
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    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?

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-09-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-09-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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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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    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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    Jenny M. Roberts 03-15-17 Member Since 2004
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    "Must read!"

    Captivating memoir. Stratton's experiences and choices inspire me to reflect on the great sacrifice of that generation. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the tale and the narrator.

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    Lynn Montgomery, IN, United States 02-27-17
    Lynn Montgomery, IN, United States 02-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Men of Honor"

    Saw this story on Fox and so glad I did and so glad I got to read this man's story and accounts of what happened at Pearl Harbor...so hard to even imagine what one man can endure and go on with his life....I hope before he dies he can find it in his heart to forgive as God forgives us every day..,,,,he doesn't ever have to forget but to some how let God take care of those that enjoyed the killings of our solders in such an unfair way,...but it's easy for me to say that when I didn't live what he went thru.....it's a must read

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    Rob Reppert 02-16-17
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    "A Book Every American Should Be Required to Read"

    Anyone who thinks they have had a bad day that life is tough and unfair needs to read the event of Don Statton and his fellow shipmates and realize we have had it so easy. His perseveriance and strength to reenlist after such devistation is nothing short of miraculous. God Bless him and all our Service men and women here and gone.

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