USS Midway: America's Shield

USS Midway: America's Shield

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By (author) Scott McGaugh

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  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN 10: 1589808967
  • ISBN 13: 9781589808966
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,064,151

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"As the captain of the USS Midway I was never more proud of the young men, mostly teenagers, under my command. USS Midway: America's Shield tells their story, straight from the flight deck. It's real American history everyone should know."-Rear Adm. Riley Mixson, U.S. Navy (ret.), former captain, USS Midway"USS Midway: America's Shield carries the reader along from one great event of the latter twentieth century to another. An odyssey fueled by remarkable young men from every corner of America. An inspiration to us all!"-Lou Reda, documentary filmmaker, History ChannelThe USS Midway first set sail in 1945 with thousands of young men on board. By the time it made its final return to port in 1992, more than 220,000 Americans had served on the carrier. During those years, the crew-whose average age was nineteen-witnessed significant world affairs, such as Cold War espionage missions, an attack by an Israeli aircraft, confrontations with Mao Tse-Tung, and the liberation of Kuwait.Beginning with World War II, this collection of memoirs chronicles individual accounts of sailors who served on the Midway. All of the stories offer a glimpse into the early days of the sailors' lives and detail the contributions that they made at sea. This collective biography relates their compelling tales of empowerment and optimism, while presenting America's past. More than sixty pictures provide a visual reference.

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"As the captain of the USS Midway I was never more proud of the young men, mostly teenagers, under my command. . . . USS Midway: America's Shield tells their story, straight from the flight deck. It's real American history everyone should know."-Rear Adm. Riley Mixson, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former captain, USS Midway"USS Midway: America's Shield carries the reader along from one great event of the latter twentieth century to another. An odyssey fueled by remarkable young men from every corner of America. An inspiration to us all!"-Lou Reda, documentary filmmaker, History ChannelThe USS Midway first set sail in 1945, with thousands of young men aboard. When it made its final return to port nearly fifty years later, more than 200,000 sailors-with an average age of nineteen-had served on the floating aircraft carrier. The crew witnessed such significant events as nuclear threats during the Cold War, confrontations with Mao Tse-Tung, espionage battles with the Russians, a fire that nearly sank the floating aircraft carrier, and the liberation of Kuwait. This collective memoir of the brave Americans who faced these threats while at sea provides a compelling story of empowerment and optimism.Scott McGaugh is the marketing director of the USS Midway Museum and a spokesman for Midway University, the museum's education program. In addition to discussing the subject on documentaries for the History Channel and other media outlets, he has written several books about Midway. McGaugh is a member of the Public Relations Society of America's Counselors Academy and has received the Society's highest national award, the Silver Anvil. He earned a BS in political science from Arizona State University and studied international relations at Uppsala University in Sweden. An avid gardener and fly fisherman, McGaugh lives in San Diego, California.