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by Louise Esola


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ISBN-13:
9780996057400
Publisher:
Pennway Books
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Pages:
452
Sales rank:
144,979
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Overview

In the middle of a dark night off the coast of Vietnam on June 3, 1969, the USS Frank E. Evans is rammed by a ship ten times her size, sending her forward half to the bottom of the South China Sea and into oblivion. Seventy-four Americans are killed in the mysterious collision. The truth is confined to a footnote of the Vietnam War. Buried in obscurity even today, as the 74 names of those killed are not on the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.

In American Boys, journalist Louise Esola has uncovered and pieced together a powerful story. Groundbreaking and astonishing in scope, American Boys is a tale of heartbreak and perseverance. It's the story of a shattering injustice, of love and healing, and of a great generation of those who fought and vowed to never forget, though their nation has.

"... a classic story of men and war."

--Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

"...new light on a tragic chapter of the Vietnam War."

--Joseph L. Galloway, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-10-20
This is history at its best: the riveting, realistic story of courageous sailors forgotten by their country.During an exercise in the South China Sea on June 3, 1969, the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was split in half after colliding with an Australian aircraft carrier. Seventy-four men perished. Although the ship was actively engaged in the Vietnam War, the names of these men have never been placed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. In her first book, seasoned journalist Esola brings the events and people involved vividly to life. She begins with a double-barreled prologue: first, a powerful description of the memorial wall, ending with Ann Armstrong Dailey's realization that her brother Alan's name is not on it. "It was like he was dead all over again," their sister said. Next, a gripping account of the ship's final moments puts readers right in the middle of the action: "Everything was going, rolling, topsy turvy. And fast." What follows is a comprehensive yet uncannily personal history of this arcane footnote to the Vietnam War. Esola inhabits the minds and hearts of all players, from sailors to admirals to Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Many men, she discovers, joined the Navy (some at the behest of their parents) to avoid being drafted into the Army. She moves easily from their personal stories to politics to the reasons WWII vintage ships like the Evans—a "floating paint bucket"—were still in service. The story proceeds from the men's enlistments and the ship's role in Vietnam through to the accident and its aftermath. Later, Esola's own growing involvement forces her to abandon journalistic detachment and join the effort to have these men recognized. Replete with black-and-white pictures, endnotes and incredibly detailed research, this book is both comprehensive history and a beautifully written human tale that reads like a novel: "Eunice Sage wore a short-sleeved black suit and matching gloves; a gold rose pinned to the center of her blouse glistened in the sun." It should appeal not only to readers of military history, but to anyone who enjoys a well-told, fascinating tale.An intriguing, well-written and poignant work that transcends its historical genre.

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