Charles W. Rush BATTLE DOWNUNDER

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BATTLE DOWNUNDER

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After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor --December 7, 1941 -- American submarines loaded torpedoes and set out for combat in the western Pacific. They sent Japanese ships to the bottom of distant seas where all American and Allied surface ships had been destroyed. This is the story of one submarine that fought its way across the vast Pacific, through the East Indies, and down the Indian Ocean to Western Australia, the land Downunder. Based there, joined by other subs, the submarine STRIKER penetrated enemy strongholds in the Java and South China Seas and decimated convoys of ships laden with invasion troops and munitions. Many submarines never returned from their combat patrols. That did not diminish the courage and determination of those who survived.

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CAPTAIN CHARLES W. RUSH, JR., USN (RET.) GRADUATED FROM THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY IN 1941 AND FIRST SAW COMBAT ABOARD A DESTROYER IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. WHEN HIS SHIP RETURNED TO PEARL HARBOR, HE VOLUNTEERED FOR SUBMARINE DUTY. HE SURVIVED SEVEN WAR PATROLS IN THE SUBMARINES THRESHER AND BILLFISH.

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BATTLE DOWNUNDER is fiction. It might, however, better be described as a "historical novel" because the events in the novel are synthesized from real events experienced by the author during his actual wartime battle experiences, and the characters are synthesized from actual persons involved in those experiences.

To give the reader a sense how closely BATTLE DOWNUNDER is tied to reality, we enclose a CITATION awarding the NAVY CROSS to the author. Remarkably, this award was given over half a century after the events. In 2001, after substantial research under the direction of Rear Admiral Paul Sullivan, Director of Submarine Warfare, the Navy recommended that its highest award, the NAVY CROSS, be given to Captain Charles W. Rush for actions in 1943.

On 9 January 2002, the President of the United States awarded the NAVY CROSS to Captain Rush for "Extraordinary Heroism While Engaged in Military Operations on 11 November 1943". The Citation is reproduced below.

The more than half-century delay in recognizing Captain Rush is a story of failure and deceit at the time of the Operations in 1943. Some of this story, in fictional form, is told in this book.

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