All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
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All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor

THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR: Donald Stratton, one of the battleship's five living heroes, delivers a "powerful" and "intimate"* eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor and his unforgettable return to the fight

At 8:10 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart.

In this extraordinary, never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack—the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona—ninety-four-year-old veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.

Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates—approximately half the American fatalaties at Pearl Harbor. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors’ advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America’s Second World War.

As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack approaches, Don, a great-grandfather of five and one of six living survivors of the Arizona, offers an unprecedentedly intimate reflection on the tragedy that drew America into the greatest armed conflict in history. All the Gallant Men is a book for the ages, one of the most remarkable—and remarkably inspiring—memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years.

*Library Journal

Title:All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages

    All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor Reviews

  • Jeanette
    Jan 21, 2017

    I wanted to give it a 4, but the writing style jumped and although the time frames were linear, it was difficult to context his life as a whole, IMHO. Not that you didn't get to know Donald and his he...

  • Larry Warren
    Dec 07, 2016

    I finished this book last night, the eve the 75th anniversary. I don't know where to begin a review of this book. So I think a small quote from page 109 will say it all."Dear Lord,Lest I continueMy co...

  • Jim
    Nov 24, 2016

    This book is a great combination of author and sailor who survived the sinking of the USS Arizona at Hawaii of December 7, 1941 driving the US into World War II. Donald Stratton was a teenager living ...

  • Anna Phillips
    Dec 01, 2016

    I have ready many books that deal with this period in history, having a first person account makes it all the more real, very touching. The author's hope for forgiveness in the kingdom to come shows s...

  • Don LaFountaine
    Jan 14, 2017

    I loved this memoir of Donald Stratton, a survivor of the USS Arizona.This is the story Donald Stratton, who grew up in the mid-west. He discusses how his family life was like during the Great Depress...

  • Kassidi
    Jan 11, 2017

    Absolutely fell in love with this book! It had me laughing, smiling, angry, and in tears. Donald Stratton is such an inspiration to me, and I wish I had the opportunity to thank him for everything he ...

  • Kay Schuch
    Dec 05, 2016

    An excellent read by a man who lived through Pearl Harbor! A 'gallant' man who felt we should hear his story! I am so glad he was brave enough to share it! Thanks for serving and now for sharing! I de...

  • Grace Skinner
    Dec 15, 2016

    Everyone needs to read about this remembrance of US history The actual remembrances of the survivor, Don Stratton, are something that every American needs to embrace. There is information regarding a...

  • Bartmart
    Dec 02, 2016

    Subject is great but writing jumps around and not enjoyable...

  • Pamela Jarrett
    Nov 29, 2016

    Excellent book! Loved hearing this hero's memories and perspective. God bless all those gallant men (and my grandfathers) for your will and dedication to fighting for our freedom. ...