Lucky Lady: The World War II Heroics of the USS Santa Fe and Franklin

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On March 19, 1945, a Japanese bomber screamed toward the USS Franklin and dropped two 500-pound bombs through the ship s decks, killing hundreds of officers and enlisted men in just the first few moments, and thrusting the lives of nearly 3,000 other American seamen and aviators into mortal danger. As the Franklin listed dangerously near capsizing, the light cruiser USS Santa Fe, nicknamed the Lucky Lady, bellied up alongside her flaming hull and attempted the most daring rescue in U.S. naval history. Lucky Lady recreates the legendary World War II careers of the Franklin-the most decorated naval vessel of the war-and the Santa Fe-unparalleled in frontline service and avoiding casualties-through the eyes of the men on board. Perspectives range from the highest levels of rank and flying altitude to deep within the ships bowels. Through the bloody years of the Pacific campaign-from Pearl Harbor to the Philippines to the waters just off the coast of Japan, and finally the decimated city of Nagasaki-the crewmembers encountered all the circumstances of war. Now in paperback, this book will be cherished by readers of military history as a fitting tribute with stirring echoes in our present time. Photographs.

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"This book is not all airplanes and ships, but goes into the lives of the crewmembers, and to some extent, the families waiting back home. It was fascinating following the transformation of the sailors, some only teenagers, as they fought for their lives, and how they were forever changed by the experience. Lucky Lady is written in a way that shows how the entire generation of people changed, not just the few selected for the book," says Arnold Harding, the son of one of the officers on the USS Santa Fe.

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The destinies of the cruiser Santa Fe and carrier Franklin dramatically intersected off the coast of Japan in March 1945, when the former, nicknamed the Lucky Lady, came to the rescue of the stricken latter. Jackson (No Stone Unturned) spends the first half of his account covering the ships' preparations and initial war experiences. He follows a few men through the narrative (many others are mentioned only once), and offers lively descriptions of shipboard life, but tells his tale episodically and not always chronologically, which undermines the story's flow. In chapter nine, Jackson begins to alternate between Santa Fe and Franklin, as they undertake joint operations, including the liberation of the Philippines, during the latter part of 1944. Both ships face kamikaze attacks; the Franklin was hit by a suicide aircraft. Thanks to a "magnificent piece of seamanship" by her captain, the Santa Fe avoided a torpedo and a suicide plane simultaneously; she also avoided a now infamous typhoon. Both ships took part in the greatest naval engagement of World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and Jackson includes some dramatic accounts from downed aviators. On March 19th, 1945, when the Franklin was struck by two bombs from a Japanese dive-bomber, the Santa Fe stood by the Franklin and was instrumental in saving it from sinking. The heroic efforts of the crews of both ships to save the carrier, told through survivors' stories, is the most gripping part of the book. Unfortunately, the Franklin's captain wouldn't allow those who had left the ship during the attack-some of whom were blown off deck and into the water-to return to it; acrimony developed between those who had stayed on board and those who didn't. The epilogue gratuitously brings the "new kamikazes" of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to this well evoked corner of the War.
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