If I am not sewing, I am reading. (Okay or maybe wasting time on my computer or a host of other things.) The point is I do like to read especially old books.
I bought They Were Expendable among other books last year at a book store in Goshen Indiana. I have only recently gotten around to reading it.
The book tells the story of the actions taken by Lieutenant John Buckley, Lieutenant Robert Kelly, Ensigns Anthony Akers and George Cox of Motor Torpedo boat squadron 3. The book is written in a journalism style of first person narrative.
After the outbreak of war in the Pacific, MTB squadron 3 was kept in working condition and completing action against the Japanese as long as supplies lasted. When the squadron was nearly disabled due to a lack of supplies, the men of the book were among the crews tasked with taking General MacArthur out of the Philippines on four MTB boats. With MacArthur safe on his way to Australia, the remaining boats did what they could among other islands before they became completely disabled.
There were several things in the book that stood out to me. For starters, the story starts in the Philippines at the time of bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is interesting that the opinion of these men in the Philippines was not one of shock at the event so much as surprise that it wasn't the Philippines that were attacked. So much emphasis is sometimes placed on the element of surprise, that I can forget that there was some mental preparation for the coming of war.
The other major thing that stood out to me was the idea of "they were expendable". They realized that not everyone was going to get out, and that was part of the price of war. Some men had to be knowingly sacrificed in order to save more. On the flip side, some felt guilty knowing they would get to leave and others (including the women nurses) would not be able get out before they were overrun by the Japanese.
I always find it interesting to read about the events from a first person perspective or as they were seen at the time. The one caveat I have on this book is the amount of profanity in it.
What have you been reading?
P.S. I will be switching to a weekly blogging schedule for the near future. I hope to avoid any breaks in blogging this way.
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