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The Castaway's War: One Man's Battle against Imperial Japan

Stephen Harding



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Da Capo Press Inc
03 May 2016
History; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Second World War; Naval forces & warfare
In the early hours of July 5, 1943, the destroyer USS Strong was hit by a Japanese torpedo. The powerful weapon broke the destroyer's back, killed dozens of sailors, and sparked raging fires. While accompanying ships were able to take off most of Strong's surviving crewmembers, scores went into the ocean as the once-proud warship sank beneath the waves- and a young officer's harrowing story of survival began.

Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, a prewar football star at the University of Alabama, went into the water as the vessel sank. Severely injured, Miller and several others survived three days at sea and eventually landed on a Japanese-occupied island. The survivors found fresh water and a few coconuts, but Miller, suffering from internal injuries and believing he was on the verge of death, ordered the others to go on without him. They reluctantly did so, believing, as Miller did, that he would be dead within hours.

But Miller didn't die, and his health improved enough for him to begin searching for food. He also found the enemy- Japanese forces patrolling the island. Miller was determined to survive, and so launched a one-man war against the island's occupiers.

Based on official American and Japanese histories, personal memoirs, and the author's exclusive interviews with many of the story's key participants, The Castaway's War is a rousing story of naval combat, bravery, and determination.
By:   Stephen Harding
Imprint:   Da Capo Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   544g
ISBN:   9780306823404
ISBN 10:   0306823403
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   03 May 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Harding is the author of nine previous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Last Battle. He is a longtime journalist specializing in military affairs and currently is editor-in-chief of Military History magazine. His contributions on defence topics and aviation, military, and maritime history have appeared in Time, the Daily Beast, the San Francisco Chronicle, Air & Space Smithsonian, World War II, Jane's defence Weekly, and Air Enthusiast.

Reviews for The Castaway's War: One Man's Battle against Imperial Japan

Kirkus Reviews, 3/1/16 A suspenseful recounting of the torpedoing of the USS Strong in the South Pacific in July 1943 and one soldier's subsequent eluding of capture on the Japanese-held Solomon Islands. An author who knows how to tell an exciting war story...Harding builds the suspense with intricate detail--and refreshingly, without, phony dialogue...An amazing journey through adversity and desperation.

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