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Ship of Miracles: 14, 000 Lives and One Miraculous Voyage

Gilbert, Bill

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ISBN 10: 1572433663 / ISBN 13: 9781572433663
Published by Triumph Books, Chicago, IL, 2000
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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 205, [3] p. Illustrations. Maps. Bibliography. Index. Foreword by Alexander Haig. The SS Meredith Victory was a United States Merchant Marine Victory ship, a type of cargo freighter built for World War II. Under the stewardship of Captain Leonard LaRue, the SS Meredith Victory performed the largest humanitarian rescue operation by a single ship. The vessel has often been described as the "Ship of Miracles" as it was designed to carry only 12 passengers with a 47 person crew. On December 21, Captain Leonard LaRue of the SS Meredith Victory made the decision to unload nearly all weapons and supplies from his ship in order to evacuate as many refugees as possible. Using booms and makeshift elevators, the refugees filled the five cargo holds and the entire main deck. The Meredith Victory departed shortly after 11 am on December 23 for Pusan, about 450 sea miles away, as gunfire from UNC ships and explosives destroyed the port in an "enemy-denial-operation" razing. The ship had no escort or means of self-defense. Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 71881

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Title: Ship of Miracles: 14, 000 Lives and One ...

Publisher: Triumph Books, Chicago, IL

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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It was a miracle worthy of the season. When Captain Leonard La Rue spied from his twelve-man merchant ship, the Meredith Victory, the throng of Korean refugees on the docks of a city in flames, he didn't hesitate to do what others would consider impossible. In December of 1950, La Rue and his skeleton crew rescued fourteen thousand Korean refugees from the hands of the rapidly-approaching Chinese army in the city of Hungnam. Through the night and next day, a seemingly endless succession of refugees boarded the Meredith, their will to live and strong spirit steeling them against the bitter cold and incredibly crowded conditions. Standing shoulder to shoulder for three days the refugees and crew stoically endured as La Rue steered the ship through sea battle, a thirty-mile web of sea mines, and enemy shelling. Ship of Miracles is the incredible story of what has been called "the greatest rescue operation by a single ship in the history of mankind." Against all odds, the little merchant vessel transported its precious cargo to the island of Koje-Do on Christmas Eve completely unharmed, all fourteen thousand refugees alive and well, including an additional five new lives begun on this incredible journey. As the fiftieth anniversary of this miraculous rescue approaches, Ship of Miracles is as touching today as it was then; a tale you'll hold close to your heart, and return to time and again. While the United States Navy prepares to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the perilous evacuation at Hungnam and honor the Meredith Victory's miraculous feat, read this never-before-told account from the crew themselves, as they relate the incredible and unbelievable details of their three-day journey from fear to freedom.

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Gilbert is a former reporter for the Washington Post.

Haig is former U.S. Secretary of State.

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