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Sea Wolf: The Daring Exploits of Navy Legend John D. Bulkeley

Breuer, William B.

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ISBN 10: 0891413359 / ISBN 13: 9780891413356
Published by Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 1989
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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. x, 318 p. Illustrations. MapsNotes and Sources. Principal Interviews and Contacts. Selected Bibliography. Index. "Bulkeley, one of the most colorful characters in U.S. Navy history, numbers among his exploits the daring PT-boat rescue of General MacArthur from Corregidor in 1942. He is probably, best remembered for his prolonged defiance of Fidel Castro when commanding the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba, in the mid-60s: the Cuban leader.put a $5, 0000 dead-or-alive bounty, on his head. In the more than two decades since then, Bulkeley has headed the Naval Board of Inspection and Survey, charged with maintaining shipboard standards of combat readiness. With obvious relish, Breuer (Devil Boats, etc. ) recounts the admiral's successes in butting heads with Pentagon brass over such matters as the inadequacies of the F-18 fighter-bomber and the carrier Kennedy.This is a lively biography about a larger-than-life hero". --Published Weekly. From Wikipedia: "John Duncan Bulkeley (August 19, 1911 April 6, 1996) was a Vice Admiral in United States Navy and was one of the most decorated naval officers. Bulkeley received the Medal of Honor for actions in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was also the PT boat skipper who evacuated General Douglas MacArthur from Corregidor in the Philippines and commanded at the Battle of La Ciotat. The Navy named an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer after him: USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), commissioned in 2001. Bulkeley was born in New York City and grew up on a farm in Hackettstown, New Jersey where he graduated from Hackettstown High School. Unable to gain an appointment to Annapolis from his home state of New Jersey, he gained an appointment from the state of Texas. Due to budget constraints, only the upper half of the 1933 Academy class received a commission upon graduation. John Bulkeley, noted early on for his intense interest in engineering, joined the Army Air Corps. Like the flying machines of the day, he landed hard more than once. After a year, and because the President and Congress permitted additional commissions in the Navy (as a government plan for additional jobs), Bulkeley gave up flying for the deck of a cruiser, the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), as a commissioned officer in the Navy. Bulkeley charted an interesting course in his early years and was recognized early on by the Navy's leadership. As a new ensign in the mid-1930s, he took the initiative to remove the Japanese ambassador's briefcase from a stateroom aboard a Washington-bound steamer, delivering it to Naval Intelligence a short swim later. This bold feat, the first of many in his life, did not earn him any medals, but it did get him a swift one-way ticket out of the country and a new assignment as Chief Engineer of a coal-burning gunboat, the USS Sacramento (PG-19), also known in those parts as "The Galloping Ghost of the China Coast". There he met Alice Wood, a young, attractive English girl, at a dinner party aboard HMS Diana (H49). In China, they witnessed the invasion of Swatow and Shanghai by Japanese troops and the bombing of USS Panay (PR-5), the first US Navy ship sunk in World War II. At the dawn of World War II, Bulkeley was a lieutenant in command of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three, a Philippine-based detachment of six motor torpedo boats. He hit his stride as a daring, resourceful and courageous leader. He picked up General Douglas MacArthur, his family, and his immediate staff, who had been ordered to flee the Philippines, and took them aboard PT 41 and other 77-foot (23 m) motor torpedo boats through over 600 nautical miles (1, 000 km) of open ocean. On arriving at Mindanao, MacArthur said, "You have taken me out of the jaws of death. I shall never forget it." Bulkeley earned many of his array of decorations while in command of that squadron and a subsequent one. In 1944, he took part in the Normandy invasion. Bulkeley led torpedo boats and minesweepers in clearing. Bookseller Inventory # 68183

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Title: Sea Wolf: The Daring Exploits of Navy Legend...

Publisher: Presidio Press, Novato, CA

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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Traces the life and career of Admiral Bulkeley, and describes his role in World War II and as commander of the Naval base at Guantanamo Bay; Cuba

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Bulkeley, one of the most colorful characters in U.S. Navy history, numbers among his exploits the daring PT-boat rescue of General MacArthur from Corregidor in 1942. He is probably best remembered for his prolonged defiance of Fidel Castro when commanding the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba, in the mid-'60s: the Cuban leader called him a "gorilla of the worst species" and put a $50,000 dead-or-alive bounty on his head. In the more than two decades since then, Bulkeley has headed the Naval Board of Inspection and Survey, charged with maintaining shipboard standards of combat readiness. With obvious relish, Breuer ( Devil Boats , etc.) recounts the admiral's successes in butting heads with Pentagon brass over such matters as the inadequacies of the F-18 fighter-bomber and the carrier Kennedy . Not the least of Bulkeley's accomplishments, we learn, is that he is still on active duty at the age of 78. This is a lively biography about a larger-than-life hero. Photos.
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