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Fish Out of Water by Paul Sherbo


Fish out of  water


By Paul Sherbo

A Sailor in a Desert War


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5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
162 pages
Patriot Media Incorporated
ISBN-13: 978-0990572442
ISBN-10: 0990572447
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Military
In March of 2003, a coalition of countries headed by the United States invaded Iraq.  Two months later, President Bush declared the end of major combat operations.  It was almost a year later that the Navy recalled Paul Sherbo to active duty.  At that time, one of Paul’s fellow Reservists was sure the war was winding down and Paul would be home in just six months.  It wasn’t winding down.  He was not home in six months. 


Admitting he was "not one of the 19-year-old American warriors kicking in doors in Fallujah," Paul says, it was nonetheless an expedition into unfamiliar territory.  "I began this journey as a married father of three in my early 50s with a good job, a transplanted Iowa boy living and working in the Denver area.   I was a captain in the Navy Reserve with a decent amount of sea-time on active duty behind me.  None of this prepared me for a ground war insurgency in a desert."

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Unsinkable Sailors

Retail Price $26.95  Sale Price $24.25 Author Paul Sherbo has added new information and exhibits in this beautiful hardcover edition, 6x9, navy blue cloth bound with gold lettering on the spine, wrapped with an attractive dust jacket.

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Unsinkable Sailors  by Paul Sherbo
The fall and rise of the  last crew of the USS Frank E. Evans
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 Unsinkable Sailors: The fall and rise of the crews of the USS Frank E. Evans, is a non-fiction book to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the June 3, 1969 sinking of the USS Frank E. Evans, written by Lakewood, Colorado author Paul Sherbo.  Using official documents and survivor interviews the author has compiled in book form the first comprehensive American version of the tragic 1969 collision at sea in which the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-745), a United States Navy destroyer, was struck by the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne.   The author describes in detail the actions leading up to, during and after the catastrophic incident as told by survivors and witnesses from both ships involved. 

Operating as part of a combined force with the Royal Australian Navy and other allied naval ships, the Evans executed a starboard turn into the path of Melbourne at 0315 a.m. on June 3, 1969 and was cut in half by the heavier and larger war ship.  Evans’ broken off bow section sank almost immediately taking 73 unfortunate crewmembers with it.  Only one body was recovered in the aftermath of the collision, bringing the total lost to 74.  Out of the 273 crewmembers on board, 199 survived.  Five crewmembers assigned to the Evans were not aboard at the time of the collision.

The stern section, although severely damaged, remained afloat.

Throughout the book, the courage and heroic spirit of both ships' crews add a genuine admiration for their bravery despite their confusion in the sudden turn of events.  Those sleeping in the after half of the ship rushed forward to their battle stations, some "running out of ship" in total darkness and into the water.  Sailors in the doomed bow Evans woke to a ship rolling out of control, tons of seawater plunging in.  Few escaped.

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