Magazine article Sea Classics

Little Ship, Big War: The Saga of DE-343

Magazine article Sea Classics

Little Ship, Big War: The Saga of DE-343

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LITTLE SHIP, BIG WAR: THE SAGA OF DE-343

By Edward P. Stafford

336 pegs, 11 photos, softcover; ISBN: 1-55570-890-9 - $17.95; U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1-800-233-8764.

Do you recall the warm glow you feel when you meet an old friend after a long absence? Well, that was my reaction when the new softback Bluejacket Book release of LITTLE SHIP, BIG WAR arrived in the mail. It was little seeing an old friend with whom I'd shared many pleasant memories. Seeing this new low-priced edition is certain to evoke the same kind of response from former DE sailors and naval buffs. It is just plain great reading from cover to cover.

Manned almost entirely by reservists, the USS ABERCROMBIE (DE-343) and her sister ships did the dirty work of the Pacific War. They escorted convoys, chased submarines, picked up downed pilots, and led the landing craft to the invasion beaches, yet they received little credit and less glory. …

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