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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2008, 03:04:14 PM »

...It is called "The Depths Of Courage" by Flint Whitlock and Ron Smith (a WWII subvet)...

Ron Smith is known as "Warshot" on many BBS/Forums.  He's a good fella.  I've emailed him before.
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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2008, 04:06:20 PM »

Ok, Rick I will see if I can scan the photos in. If not I will ask the author to send you some copies.
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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2008, 03:02:42 PM »

Hey Rick, just got an email back from the author, he wants to know if you want prints, or electronic copies? Let me know so I can tell him.
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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2008, 04:03:48 PM »

electornic copies are best.  Especially if they come on CD.  We can reporduce them for the museum from there.
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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2008, 07:26:46 PM »

I just swiped a good looking copy of Batfish, the Champion "Submarine-Killer" Submarine of World War II
by Hughston E. Lowder and Jack Scott off eBay.  I'm also ordering USS Silversides by Robert Trumbull from Torpedo Junction.  I'll have lots of good reading to do!
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« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2008, 02:51:47 PM »

Good deal,  remember that Lowder was one of my crew members.  He has since passed on though...
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« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2008, 05:54:10 PM »

...It is called "The Depths Of Courage" by Flint Whitlock and Ron Smith (a WWII subvet)...

Ron Smith is known as "Warshot" on many BBS/Forums.  He's a good fella.  I've emailed him before.

In the book, it details how Ron Smith got the nickname Warshot. He was a torpedoman in the Aft room, and fired a torpedo right as the tdc spindle missed 2 notches on the torpedo, and said to himself it is going to miss, yet that torpedo is the only one that hit the ship, and it sank, so the crew called him warshot and the captain congratulated him on the shot. Pretty cool story.
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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2008, 11:17:21 AM »

A new book:  Nautilus
The Ice Diaries  by Carl Lavo and Captain William R. Anderson
Tradepaper type published by Thomas Nelson available July 29, 2008
ISBN 9780785227595
The book was completed before Captain Anderson passed away in 2007.
It tells the story (recently declassified) of the trips to the North Pole of the Nautilus. 

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0785227598/ronmartinisnavysA/
Pricing: $24.99 You pay $16.49 but if you pre-order now you will save an additional 5%
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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2008, 06:53:41 PM »

THE BOOK TITLE THE ICE DIARIES IS CORRECT BUT CARL LAVO DID NOT WRITE IT.THE AUTHOR IS DON KEITH
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« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2008, 09:06:16 PM »

2 MORE BOOS ON MUSEUM BOATS
1-BLUEBACK-SCOTT C.S. STONE
2-24 TORPEDOES AND 13 BUTTONS-HOWARD DISHONG A BOOK ABOUT THE USS COD
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« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2008, 10:40:41 PM »

A new book:  Nautilus
The Ice Diaries  by Carl Lavo and Captain William R. Anderson
Tradepaper type published by Thomas Nelson available July 29, 2008
ISBN 9780785227595
The book was completed before Captain Anderson passed away in 2007.
It tells the story (recently declassified) of the trips to the North Pole of the Nautilus. 

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0785227598/ronmartinisnavysA/
Pricing: $24.99 You pay $16.49 but if you pre-order now you will save an additional 5%


There is a WWII SubVet out here who stayed in after WWII Put Nautilus into commision, and went on that patrol under the North Pole. It was real interesting to talk to him.
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« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2008, 04:35:35 PM »

First of all, thanks for the updates.  I've modified my original post to reflect the additions.

Second, I have finished reading Batfish, the Champion "Submarine-Killer" Submarine of World War II by Hughston E. Lowder and Jack Scott.  This was a wonderful, wonderful book.  Not too long, not too short.  It doesn't repeat a bunch of the "whys" and "how-comes" that so many books do.  This book is about the Batfish, period.  The last chapter is really great too, which talks of how the boat was acquired by Muskogee to become a museum.

When I got to page 243 (the book has 244 pages) I read this paragraph:

"She is perhaps the only submarine in the world one can view almost from the bottom up.  And with her keel four feet into the moist sand, electrolysis works like acid upon her bottom.  Unless lifted onto a drydock, she'll be rusted through in twenty years or so."

After reading that paragraph, I immediately flipped back to the front pages to search for a copyright date....1980!   Huh?
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« Reply #27 on: May 29, 2008, 09:10:44 PM »

IT HAS ME WONDERING HAS THE BATFISH EVER HAD HER KEEL CHECKED SINCE SHE WAS PUT IN PLACE?
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« Reply #28 on: May 30, 2008, 12:34:30 PM »

To My knowledge, no.  The good news is the that the Cathidic protection is in place and functioning well.
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« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2008, 06:47:16 PM »

I UNDERSTAND THAT DON KEITH WILL BE AT THE USSV CONVENTION IN FT.WORTH SEPT 4-6 TO SIGN HIS NEW BOOK ON THE NAUTILUS.THIS WILL BE A GREAT CHANCE TO MEET HIM AND GET A SIGNED COPY.
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