Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion

Fatal Dive Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion Fatal Dive Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion by Peter F Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery of the USS Grunion Discovered in after a decade

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  • Title: Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion
  • Author: Peter F. Stevens
  • ISBN: 9781596987678
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fatal Dive Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion by Peter F Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery of the USS Grunion Discovered in 2006 after a decades long, high risk search by the Abele brothers whose father commanded the submarine and met his untimely death aboard it one question remained what sank the USS Grunion Fatal Dive Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion by Peter F Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery of the USS Grunion Discovered in 2006 after a decades long, high risk search by the Abele brothers whose father commanded the submarine and met his untimely death aboard it one question remained what sank the USS Grunion Was it a round from a Japanese ship, a catastrophic mechanical failure, or something else one of the sub s own torpedoes For almost half the war, submarine skippers complaints about the MK 14 torpedo s dangerous flaws were ignored by naval brass, who sent the subs out with the defective weapon Fatal Dive is the first book that documents the entire saga of the ship and its crew and provides compelling evidence that the Grunion was a victim of The Great Torpedo Scandal of 1941 43 Fatal Dive finally lays to rest one of World War II s greatest mysteries.

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    1. Three stories in one: A biography, a mystery and an adventurePublished in 2012 by Regnery HistoryThe USS Grunion was a top of the line submarine for the U.S. Navy in 1942. Literally, the fastest submarine in the fleet and outfitted with the latest in torpedo technology (magnet activated designed to go off near ships) and led by the highly-respected Lieutenant Commander Jim Abele, the USS Grunion was sent to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to harass Japanese supply ships (for those who did not kno [...]

    2. Non-fiction version of a Clive Cussler story. Sub lost at sea during war. Heroic search through dusty archives for clues to its location. Harrowing exploration with deep sea remote sensing devices. Series of fortunate circumstances one would only expect as plot-driven contrivances. Emotional discovery and vindication for the driven explorers.But also, prosaic storytelling drained of almost all suspense. Straightforward chronological narrative flow. Patience-straining sections of biography after [...]

    3. very compelling story about both the American and Japanese sailors that lost their lives in the Aleutians during wwii. 5 stars on the subject matter.I did not care for the haphazard writing. The narrative jumped all over the place and ruined what could have been a very good book. 1 star on the writing.

    4. Excellent slice of WWII history well documented to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the USS Grunion in the dangerous waters of the Aleutian Islands. Compelling and inspirational.

    5. This was a good read, though kind of a weird book. It's the story of three sons who sponsor a big search and find the sunken WWII sub of their father off the Aleutian Islands in very treacherous waters. The story starts by chronicling the life of the dad and some other sailors on his sub, reconstructs his last fighting, goes over the inspired clues that lead to his sons and other relatives of men who disappeared with the boat to be able to track down the location of the sub, explains the best th [...]

    6. I didn't like this book. Most of it was just boring history of the different players; the only action was in the last two chapters; and nothing was ever revealed or decided about what actually happened to the Grunion.

    7. Fatal Dive is the astonishing, true life recounting of triumph over incredibly long odds. In late July 1942, the submarine U.S.S. Grunion (SS-216) was engaged in action against enemy ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the perilous waters near the extreme western Aleutian Island of Kiska in the Bering Sea. Kay Abele’s husband Jim was the Grunion’s Commanding Officer. His loss left her with three small sons – Brad, Bruce, and John – to raise by herself. Not long after she receives offi [...]

    8. The submarine USS Grunion went missing in the Bering Sea in 1942 and was presumed lost with all 70 crew members. The navy was vague about what happened in the notifications to the families, leaving them between grief and hope. The three sons of Jim Abele, the captain of the ship, eventually tracked down information on the sub's probable location, largely through Japanese records, and had the means to try to find it. They did find it in 3,000 feet of water in 2007, providing closure to many famil [...]

    9. If you are looking for a quick easy read about a narrowly reported part of World War Two you will find this book interesting but readers looking for great detail will be disappointed. The authors attempt to tell the story of the loss and discovery of the USS Grunion, while interesting, is very limited in scope. It is a story deserving to be told but a lot is left out of the narrative. The book could benefit from a much deeper exploration of the war in the Aleutians (both from the Japanese and Am [...]

    10. The life story of Jim Abele, Skipper of the USS Grunion and the subsequent search for his Boat off Kiska in the Aleutian Islands was very interesting. However, if it were not for the financial success that was subsequently achieved by one of the Skipper's three sons, the Boat would never have been found. The short history of the Grunion is captivating however, the book's most appealing section was the Appendix, which contained short biographies of each of the crew members. It is a look back in h [...]

    11. The story of the USS Grunion, a WW-II submarine lost on its first war patrol. This was written in two parts: (a) The story of its commanding officer, who was one of the best, and (b) The process where his three sons were able to locate the wreckage, in the Aleutians, and to identify its probable cause of loss being a defective torpedo. The defective torpedoes were a well known problem that the upper echelons of the Navy refused to fix. The submarine commanders were basically told to "Shoot 'em a [...]

    12. This book was a quick and easy read which I quite enjoyed. The appendix which explores the lives of each crew member a little deeper is great and the story as a whole is touching. What keeps me from giving it 5 stars however, is that the writing at some points doesn't flow the best. Describing one person's family life and living situation only to jump right to doing it again for another person makes it hard to keep straight all of the details of each person. It's not a detailed history textbook [...]

    13. It was so sad! Why are Americans so full of hubris? To read about good people dying because higher-ups believed they knew better than the people in the trenches (over and over again) raises my level of government distrust to even higher levels. What's a waste. I listened to the book on tape and I listened to the story of the lives of every one of the 70 sailors lost. Think I'll go back to fiction for a while.

    14. This book provided a large amount of depth (pardon the pun) to the USS Grunion sinking. It is obvious that Stevens did his homework, and the Prologue and Epilogue are both must-read sections of the book. For those, like me, who have a fascination with most things related to World War 2, this book uncovers the details of the long quest embarked upon by the brothers who had lost their heroic, well-respected father as "missing" status in the remote Alaskan and U.S. waters.

    15. finders of Titanic and Bismarck, find Jim and sub, Dad boarding Vet, pig boat more challenges officer and seamen brown shoe, mk14circular, Irish mariner intuition, Denver antique shop with Japan history buff, 4 subs lost circular torpedoes.

    16. This was a book on CD for our trip. It was my husband's choice. I actually enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the military in WWII and how everything wasn't glory and wonderful as I was taught in school. A very interesting story.

    17. An interesting account of the sinking of the USS Grunion submarine in WWII near the Aleutian islands. The Navy has always been mysterious about what happened to this sub, so the victim's survivors had to undertake the task of unraveling the mystery.

    18. Very interesting and captivating book. I enjoyed the hunt for the USS Grunion as well as the detective work to postulate why the USS Grunion sunk.

    19. Interesting story, but the writing was so uneven. When he stuck to telling about the submarine, it was great stuff. But he can't do dialogue at all. I would say pass on this one. Disappointed.

    20. Kind of a side note to many World War II stories. The search for a lost sub some sixty years later. The search being conducted by family members and not the navy.

    21. what a great story. I am so happy that the "Grunion" was able to be found and closure found for all those families involved.

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