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The Resource The Mathews men : seven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats, William Geroux

The Mathews men : seven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats, William Geroux

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The Mathews men : seven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats
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The Mathews men
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seven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats
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William Geroux
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Mathews men
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seven brothers and the war against Hitlers U-boats
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eng
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"The German U-Boat war against American merchant men was deadly and dramatic-- in World War II, the U.S. Merchant Marine had twice the fatality rate of the U.S. Navy. William Geroux has unearthed a fascinating tale of one small coastal town caught in the thick of the fight, and he tells it with a sharp reporter's eye and a real feel for the heroic men who went down to the sea in ships"--
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  • The heroics and sacrifices of the U.S. Merchant Marines during the late 1930s through the end of World War II in 1945 are often overlooked by history. Their precious cargo kept the Allied powers from starvation while also providing them with the arsenal to continue fighting. Because of this, American merchant ships were prime targets of Adolf Hitler's U-boats years before an American soldier set foot on European soil. Unprotected by the navy until 1943, Merchant Marines risked torpedo explosions, shark attacks, storms, and weeks aboard lifeboats with minimal supplies. Former journalist Geroux aims to bring their achievements to light in his first book by focusing on one community in Mathews County, VA, near Chesapeake Bay, and one family in particular. The Hodges family sent seven sons to war while the family's matriarch, Henny, ran the farm and experienced the war seaside. Geroux describes the evolution of U-boat and merchant ship technology as both Allied and Axis powers sought to attack and defend. VERDICT A gripping tale of wartime heroics and an emotional family story, this is a must-read addition to World War II literature. --Heidi Uphoff (Reviewed 05/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 8, p84)
  • An intricate look at the outsized role of a group of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, families in the dangerous work of the Merchant Marines during World War II. As former Richmond Times-Dispatch journalist Geroux delineates in this stringently researched study, the Merchant Marines "was not a branch of the military" but rather "an association of privately owned shipping companies operating under the American flag, employing American crews, and fighting like bull sharks over contracts to haul goods by sea." Thus, they became vitally important in control of the seas when war broke out officially in 1941. Mathews County, Virginia, had a long reputation for producing the most capable mariners, and Geroux spotlights several families whose fathers and sons took the brunt in parrying the German U-boats that hunted in the waters of the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, disrupting war supplies and oil to Britain and Europe. The author delves into the service of the Hodges family of Gales Neck, whose many sons became merchant mariners, working as independent contractors for the U.S. government who needed to carry the crucial war cargo across the seas. Facing the ramped-up U-boat campaign in the beginning stages, the U.S. did not have the wherewithal to protect the tankers and freighters—until the implementation of the convoy system in mid-summer 1942 after horrible losses at sea such as the sinking of the Onondaga. Geroux offers poignant accounts of these lost men, such as Onondaga's Capt. George Dewey Hodges, whose remains and ring were soon after found in a captured shark. Sadly, however much the Merchant Marines aided in helping shepherd the convoys across the seas during the war effort, they were locked out of the postwar veterans' benefits. A deep, compassionate group biography of these "unsung heroes" of the Merchant Marines.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2016)
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Geroux, William
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940.54/293092275531
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Hodges family
  • Hodges family
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Submarines (Ships)
  • Merchant mariners
  • Brothers
  • HISTORY / Military / World War II
  • Brothers
  • Large type books
  • Merchant mariners
  • Military operations, Naval
  • Military operations, Naval
  • Submarines (Ships)
  • Atlantic Coast (U.S.)
  • Mathews (Va.)
  • Mathews (Va.)
  • Germany
  • United States
  • United States
  • Virginia
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seven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats
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The Mathews men : seven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats, William Geroux
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-375) and index
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Contents
A gift from the predators -- Born to the water -- The Devil's shovel -- Missing -- Professional survivors -- "Off Hatteras the tankers sink" -- Killing ground to battleground -- "Avoid polar bear liver" -- Catastrophe -- "Please don't tell me" -- Counterattack -- The conveyor belt -- War's end -- Legacy -- The Mathews men and women
Control code
1553130
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 390 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525428152
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(hardcover)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780525428152
  • (OCoLC)946345731
Label
The Mathews men : seven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats, William Geroux
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A gift from the predators -- Born to the water -- The Devil's shovel -- Missing -- Professional survivors -- "Off Hatteras the tankers sink" -- Killing ground to battleground -- "Avoid polar bear liver" -- Catastrophe -- "Please don't tell me" -- Counterattack -- The conveyor belt -- War's end -- Legacy -- The Mathews men and women
Control code
1553130
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 390 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525428152
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780525428152
  • (OCoLC)946345731

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