These are the adventures and experiences of a young fellow who graduated from enginerng college during the depression and was soon drawn into one of the most exciting periods of world history. He worked as a civilian engneer for several years and then enlisted in the Navy. There he was an officer on an aircraft carrier hunting submarines in the famous Battle of the Atlantic. Their small task group sank a number of submarines, and later captured a submarine - with the now-famous Enigma code machines aboard. The task group was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for this history-making event. The capture was later the subject of the hit movie "U-571". When the Atlantic War began winding down, Olson transferred to an attack transport bound for the Pacific. He wanted to become a Chief Engineer, which he did. The attack transport took part in the initial landing on Northern Japan, one of the last major naval operations of WWII. The description in this book of the landing (at Aomori) and its reception by the people of Aomori resulted in the library there making the book an icon of the city. They translated it into Japanese, thinking of making it a textbook in Japanese schools to exemplify world brotherhood! Olson`s post-war jobs in defense and space work are very interesting. During the cold war he worked in Huntsville, Alabama and the Detroit area on early tactical missiles. This brought him into working with several members of the famous German missile team, the so-called "rocket scientists". He also was involved in difficult manufacturing operations on a special units for the Army during the Viet Nam War. He worked on production of jet engines for the B-52s of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean war. During all this defense and space work he had many experiences outside the manufacturing environment which make interesting reading. He has many and varied stories to tell of sea and shore adventures. This is not an autobiography; it extracts the most interesting tales for their adventure, humor, or human interest content. It thus gives a vivid picture of a young man caught up in a very "exciting era" of war and its aftermath. It was an interesting and exciting career, and its spirit is found in this book.
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The author has been living for many years in California, after residence in numerous locations in America - coast to coast and border to border as he likes to say. Also, his great interest in our world has brought him to many foreign lands. He has been around the world three times and has visited most major areas of the world. He has also been very active in sports. His prime activity has been weightlifting, with tennis, golf and swimming tagging right along.Review:
The author`s participation in many actions of what was probably the most momentous era in recorded history are brought to life in this book. He tells about this in vignette form so that only the most interesting stories are included. The sea tales are full of excitement and there is also some humor.His post-war experiences in defense manufacturing gives an inside look at the American military-industrial complex in action. The author gives us some idea of what it takes to keep America strong. --S.E., Hillsdale, New Jersey
The author "took me to sea with him" as he and his shipmates hunted German submarines in WWII. I could almost feel the sea spray in my face. His postwarexperiences gave me a feeling of the peace-time power of America. There is frequently a touch of humor or drama involved The author was obviously living life to the full. A fine book; a look at America at its best! --T.Alves, Walnut Creek, CA
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Book Description Privately published. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0615121993I5N00