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by John Darnton
Knopf  2011
368 pages
photos, illustration
ISBN: 0307266176
Cover Price: $26.95
Language: English

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Almost A Family
A Memoir

Byron "Barney" Darnton was a reporter who since 1934 worked for the New York Times. During World War II, he was assigned to cover the Pacific War, Darnton reported from Australia and Port Moresby were he covered the 32nd Infantry Division, the same unit he had covered in World War I.

On October 18, 1942 was traveling as a passenger aboard King John with soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Division, 128th Infantry Regiment. The vessel was accidentally bombed and strafed by a friendly B-25 Mitchell bomber. During the attack, Darton was fatally wounded by shrapnel in his head and died in a boat on the way to shore. Also, Lt. Adam Bruce Fahnestock, head of the Small Ships Section was hit in the spine, died when he reached the shore.

Review by Justin Taylan

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