All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account 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 eyewitness, moment-by-moment account of the Ja
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This is the greatest non fiction book that I have ever read. From the beginning to the end it will grab your heart and move you to tears. I had to read awhile and put it down to dry tears and then pick it up again only to dry tears again. This sailor allows you into the most precious part of him to read what happened that December morning in Pearl harbor and brings the terror of the attack and the loss of so many gallant men into your life. My father served in the Pacific during World War I ...more
Lest I continue
My complacent way,
Help me to remember that somewhere,
Somehow out there
A man died for me today.
As long as there be war,
Am I worth dying for?"
Thank you Mr Stratton
Possably the best book I have ever read. Just the right length and not alot of flowery descriptions.. Just the facts and such an emotional feel to Donald Stratton. Loved it and cried thru most of it. I feel that I am well acquainted with Donald Stratton.. Absolutely loved every page.
The writing was good. The voice was clear. I learned so much from it. The telling of the events of Pearl Harbor and afterwards was so matter of fact. The narrative was not colored in emotional language the way things like this often are. You only see glimpses of Stratton's emotions peeking through until the end where he opens up more. You could see how deeply buried the events of Pearl Harbor and the war were buried inside him, how he was never the same after that day. And ...more
I felt this memoir. It got to me. I could make out the scenes in my mind. The descriptions were palpable. The history rich with sorrow. So sad for the few young people that lived with the horrors of Pearl Harbor etched in their minds. I learned so much from these pages. Humbling. "Have I lived a good life?"
I was hoping for a more personal memoir, such as UNBROKEN, but found the first 85% of this work to be a history lesson. Don Stratton is finally shown in a more personal way for the last 15% of the book, but I almost didn't make it there.
Mr. Stratton is a man to be admired as a hero, but this writing was highly inspirational. I blame part of that on the actual writer, Ken Girl. Some of ...more
I'd also like to say that we will never forget the sacrifices he and his fellow servicemen have made for our freedoms that we have today.
**This book was donated to The Hoyt Library upon this review on Dec. 7th 2017 (Anniversary of Pearl Harbor). It was donated with the caption, " In honor of All The Gallant Men."
Thank you to the authors Donald Stratton ,Ken Gire and their publisher William Murrow for this wonderful read but more ...more
The title of the book comes from the words at the WWII Valor in the Pacific Memorial:
TO THE MEMORY OF THE GALLANT MEN
HERE ENTOMBED AND THEIR SHIPMATES
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN ACTION
ON DECEMBER 7, 1941
Like many young men of that time, Stratton signed up for t ...more
This is the story Donald Stratton, who grew up in the mid-west. He discusses how his family life was like during the Great Depression and then the dust bowl of the 1930's. With little opportunity available to him in Nebraska, he joins the US Navy. After going though boot camp, he is assigned to the USS Arizona. During his time he met many people who became his friends and family. They looked out for one another, trained side b ...more