Meet the Author: Martin Irons
Saturday December 9, 2017
10:30 AM until 12:00 PM
Author Martin Irons will discuss his book Phalanx Against the Divine Wind: Protecting the Fast Carrier Task Force During World War 2.
The book tells the tale of the teenage USS Haynsworth crew that fought for survival during the largest kamikaze attack of World War II.
Admiral William Halsey's Fast Carrier Task Force was the ultimate naval armada during World War II. But to keep his carriers safe, Halsey relied on the destroyers that encircled the battle group. As part of Destroyer Squadron 62, the USS Haynsworth DD 700 battled the Japanese, captured prisoners on the high seas, and rescued pilots. But the teenage crew had to fight for their own survival after being struck during the largest kamikaze attack of the war. Kikusui No. 1 was an epic battle that spanned 30 hours as nearly 700 enemy planes attacked the U.S. Navy warships near Okinawa on April 6-7, 1945.
Phalanx Against the Divine Wind: Protecting the Fast Carrier Task Force During World War 2 will be available for purchase after the talk.
Location: Lovell Room
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