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by Bobette Gugliotta
University Press of Kentucky 2000
Cover Price: $19.95
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An American Sub Goes to War
This book details the service of US Navy submarine, S-39 (SS-144) an S-class submarine built in 1919 at the end of World War I. The S-Boats were cramped and outdated were dubbed "Pigboats" by their crews. As the Pacific War loomed, the S-Boats were antiquated compared to newer fleet submarines, but remained in service nonetheless.
Written by Bobette Gugliotta, wife of crew member Gugliotta. The book is written in a narrative style, that paints a picture of life in the Philippines prewar, the experiences of the wives of married officers and personalities of the colorful crew members that include both old Navy hands and young recruits.
Review by Justin Taylan
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