So Close to Home A True Story of an American Family s Fight for Survival During World War II

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681771713
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A true story of men and women pitted against the sea during World War II—and an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit. On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by twenty nine-year-old Iron Cross and King's Cross recipient Erich Wu¨rdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with sixty-two souls on board. Most aboard were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family: Ray and Ina, and their two children, eight-year-old Sonny and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no idea that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, chaos ensued—and each family member had to find their own path to survival. Including original, unpublished material from Commander Wu¨rdemann’s war diary, the story provides balance and perspective by chronicling the daring mission of the U-boat—and its commander’s decision-making—in the Gulf of Mexico. An inspiring historical narrative, So Close to Home tells the story of the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of this deadly attack off the American coast.

The Finest Hours

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150110683X
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Documents the 1952 Coast Guard mission to save the crews of two oil tankers that were torn in half by the force of one of New England's worst nor'easters.

A Storm Too Soon Young Readers Edition

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
ISBN: 1627792821
Format: PDF, Mobi
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When a forty-seven-foot sailboat disappears in the Gulf Stream in the throes of a disastrous storm, it leaves behind three weary passengers struggling to stay alive. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of the four intrepid Coast Guardsmen who braved this ruthless storm in the hopes of saving them. A spellbinding tale of courage and survival from the author of The Finest Hours, now a major motion picture.

Unbroken

Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 0812974492
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

My Faraway Home

Author: Mary McKay Maynard
Publisher: Isis
ISBN: 9780753197615
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On the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Mary McKay's father was managing a gold mine on the Philippine island of Mindanao. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, the McKays fled into the jungle, believing their stay would be brief. But the days turned into two harrowing years of battling heat, hunger, and natural disasters. After the war, in 1947, they went back to the Philippines, where, ironically, more tragedy was waiting...

Escape from the Deep

Author: Alex Kershaw
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458777839
Format: PDF
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In the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the legendary U.S. Navy submarine Tang was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface, while the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges. As the air ran out, some of the crew made a daring ascent through the escape hatch. In the end, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived. But the survivors were beginning a far greater ordeal. After being picked up by the Japanese, they were sent to an interrogation camp known as the ''Torture Farm.'' When they were liberated in 1945, they were close to death, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese, including the greatest secret of World War II. With the same heart-pounding narrative drive that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to life this incredible story of survival and endurance.

A Memoir Looking for the Good Life and Other Stories of Survival

Author: Charlene H. Grafton
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0988722941
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This is a true adventure story through many family generations with few romantic overtones. But for those tennis enthusiasts around the USA, the name of Charlene Grafton will ring a bell. In this memoir, the life of Charlene Grafton, her brothers, sister and the ancestors before them are revealed. As you read this compelling story, you will find qualities and values you would not expect to appear in their immediate family. Many circumstances could have led to tales of dismay on four fronts but as you follow the adventures of these people, an impressive quality of character will be shown in the names with their struggles throughout the book. This is an appealing family story about the people and the places and events that made me what I am today. It is not about sex or crime stories. True stories tell a tale much better than fiction especially when it comes to family intimacy with their history and choices through the years. Where did these traits and values originate? In her sixth book the author tells the stories of these survivors beginning with her early life in Oklahoma with her parents and her siblings, then college and nurse training. A series of moves to Las Vegas, service in the Army Nurse Corps, and marriage prove how this middle child tried to be as good as she could be, as best she could. After marriage and five children with several moves back and forth from a small town in Louisiana to Pensacola, shows the breadth of interest from this nurse with ideas for service to her community and her country. The author believes she introduced the term wellness in her popular group tennis instructions in NW Florida during the 60s and 70s with the addition of fitness in her classes while teaching more than 7,000 players before her entrance into coaching college tennis at UWF and later at NLU. Tennis aficionados will laugh and cry along with the writer with how her athletic prowess successes interfered with her marriage but not with her children. This nonfiction book will equal any of the books written about family historians with their search for answers from family tales to exact documentation proving the true history of hers and our early family American heroes. All of these stories allow for a new direction to bolster family values from a nurse’s viewpoint with her interest in her ancestors, in patriotism and giving back to the community. Other survival chapters lends itself to the men and women who plan on improving their family’s lifestyle which will open the eyes of the reader to leave a better health legacy than those they were left. A better answer to health care reform is recommended by taking action within the family rather than relying on individual government support. This memoir adds impetus with the after thoughts of the author, who shows you how to write, help with research and find resources to add to your family’s medical heritage and become your Family Health Historian. The author asks that you learn from her lessons in life and to understand the choices she made in her worldly adventures.

Rescue of the Bounty

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476746656
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From the author of the Fall 2015 Disney movie The Finest Hours, the “thrilling and perfectly paced” (Booklist) story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty—which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard. On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge knew that a hurricane was forecast, yet he was determined to sail. The captain told the crew that anyone could leave the ship before it sailed. No one took the captain up on his offer. Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on the ship. A few hours later, the ship suddenly overturned ninety miles off the North Carolina coast in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” sending the crew tumbling into an ocean filled with towering thirty-foot waves. The coast guard then launched one of the most complex and massive rescues in its history. In the uproar heard across American media in the days following, a single question persisted: Why did the captain decide to sail? Through hundreds of hours of interviews with the crew members and the coast guard, Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell create an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Walbridge, his motivations, and what truly occurred aboard Bounty during those terrifying days at sea. “A white-knuckled, tragic adventure” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Rescue of the Bounty is an unforgettable tale about the brutality of nature and the human will to survive.

Ten Hours Until Dawn

Author: Michael J. Tougias
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429909617
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In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls and immediately dispatched a patrol boat. Within an hour, the Coast Guard boat was in as much trouble as the tanker, having lost its radar, depth finder, and engine power in horrendous seas. Pilot boat Captain Frank Quirk was monitoring the Coast Guard's efforts by radio, and when he heard that the patrol boat was in jeopardy, he decided to act. Gathering his crew of four, he readied his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard. Using dozens of interview and audiotapes that recorded every word exchanged between Quirk and the Coast Guard, Tougias has written a devastating, true account of bravery and death at sea, in Ten Hours Until Dawn.

Mrs Miniver

Author: Jan Struther
Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan
ISBN:
Format: PDF
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A picture of Mrs. Miniver in many moods shown thru a succession of episodes such as the return to London after the holidays, the new car, Christmas, the countryside, Scotland, gas masks, a trip to the dentist, and a journey abroad.