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A dramatic personal account of the author's experiences during World War II - includung the sinking of his ship in the Coral Sea. The book begins with his voluntary enlistment and follows a chronological path through his training and service at sea as a line officer in all three theaters of war, culminating in the surrender of Japan. In addition to the USS Wasp (CV-7) he recounts his service on the famous "Fighting Lady", the USS Yorktown (CV-10).
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In 1936 Randolph Chitwood, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, cut short his studies at the University of Virginia to attend the Art Students League in New York. But as he pursued his career, the war in Europe convinced him that the United States would soon be involved in world-wide conflict. In response, he joined the US Naval Reserves, where he served, earning the Purple Heart for wounds received during the sinking of the USS Wasp. Since the end of the war, he has been a painter and illustrator, his paintings having been shown in New York, Connecticut, and private collections. His illustrations and book designs have appeared in books by numerous publishers. He has written several short stories for local publications. "Rendezvous in the Coral Sea" is his first book.Review:
"During my years at Harcourt, Brace and then more years as the editor of Meredith's Book-of-the-Month Club, I read a goodly number of books. Very few evoked the enthusiasm "Rendezvous in the Coral Sea" did. It is very well written .. and the people come to life in a way not many characters in bestselling novels do." -- Hester Phreaner, former editor of Book-of-the-Month Club
"Rendezvous in the Coral Sea" is not a memorial to veterans, nor is it a cry for recognition; it is a simple tale that represents an entire generation's dedication to serving their country." -- Hal Johnson, The Roanoke Times
"This is a wonderful book. We see a great deal of the history of W.W.II from one young man's point of view. The story is moving, and filled with terrifying action and the tragic losses inevitable in war. Yet it is also full of graceful good humor. I can't imagine a reader who won't enjoy it." -- Ann Rockwell, author of more than 100 books
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Book Description Red Top Pr, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0967195403
Book Description Red Top Pr, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110967195403