You Only Blow Yourself Up Once: Confessions of a World War Two Bomb Disposaleer J. Frank Durham

ISBN: 9780595295432

Published: November 16th 2003

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156 pages


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You Only Blow Yourself Up Once: Confessions of a World War Two Bomb Disposaleer  by  J. Frank Durham

You Only Blow Yourself Up Once: Confessions of a World War Two Bomb Disposaleer by J. Frank Durham
November 16th 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 156 pages | ISBN: 9780595295432 | 9.13 Mb

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy started a crash program, gathering information and educating personnel to deal with enemy bombs, land mines, and other explosive ordnance. Figuring lawyers make the best cannon fodder,MoreFollowing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy started a crash program, gathering information and educating personnel to deal with enemy bombs, land mines, and other explosive ordnance. Figuring lawyers make the best cannon fodder, recent law school graduate J. Frank Durham was among early volunteers for this dangerous and highly-classified work.

Graduating with a perfect grade from the navys new Bomb Disposal School, he was retained on staff to help the operation expand, then dispatched to Guadalcanal, where Americans were fighting the pivotal battle of World War Two. While learning how to handle explosive devices, Durham endured bombing, shelling, and an unexpected encounter with the enemy, but tales of suspense and danger are balanced by a humorous perspective on everyday life as an enlisted man. He describes unofficial enterprises, manufacturing souvenirs from brass shells in the captured Japanese ammo dump, and making moonshine from anything available, to sell to the troops.

Eleanor Roosevelts visit to the field hospital inspired a pithy comment about a painful loss from a wounded marine, and a classic riposte from the First Lady. Excerpts from captured Japanese diaries provide rare insight into the other side of the conflict.



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