All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
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All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor


THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR: Donald Stratton, one of the battleship's five living heroes, delivers a "powerful" and "intimate"* eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor and his unforgettable return to the fight

At 8:10 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart.

In this extraordinary, never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack—the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona—ninety-four-year-old veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.

Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates—approximately half the American fatalaties at Pearl Harbor. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors’ advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America’s Second World War.

As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack approaches, Don, a great-grandfather of five and one of six living survivors of the Arizona, offers an unprecedentedly intimate reflection on the tragedy that drew America into the greatest armed conflict in history. All the Gallant Men is a book for the ages, one of the most remarkable—and remarkably inspiring—memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years.

*Library Journal

Title:All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages

    All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor Reviews

  • Kay Schuch
    Dec 05, 2016

    An excellent read by a man who lived through Pearl Harbor! A 'gallant' man who felt we should hear his story! I am so glad he was brave enough to share it! Thanks for serving and now for sharing! I de...

  • Don LaFountaine
    Jan 14, 2017

    I loved this memoir of Donald Stratton, a survivor of the USS Arizona.This is the story Donald Stratton, who grew up in the mid-west. He discusses how his family life was like during the Great Depress...

  • Nick Smith
    Dec 22, 2016

    It's a must-read. Give yourself the experience. So that we won't forget the past. Things will come to light, things you will never know until you read them. As with any firsthand memoir, we learn abou...

  • Maggie Burgess
    Dec 17, 2016

    *I won a free copy of this in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review*I really enjoyed this firsthand account of Pearl Harbor. The fact that it was by a man who was a survivor of the USS...

  • Rita McDowell
    Dec 01, 2016

    Wow! This is the greatest non fiction book that I have ever read. From the beginning to the end it will grab your heart and move you to tears. I had to read awhile and put it down to dry tears and the...

  • Larry Vanzalen
    Dec 18, 2016

    I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard it was published and already a best seller. I am a Navy vet of the Vietnam war, and because Pearl Harbor was always our first and last port of call when m...

  • Deb M.
    Dec 12, 2016

    This is a plain spoken story from a man who served on the USS Arizona on that fateful day 7 December 1941. I have read a number of books about the attack on Pearl Harbor and they were all excellent bu...

  • Angie
    Dec 12, 2016

    My dad actually recommended I read this book and I am so glad I did. Don Stratton's story of Pearl Harbor is terrifying, inspirational, and heroic. This memoir reads like a conversation with Mr. Strat...

  • Debbie
    Dec 07, 2016

    Finishing this book on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I wanted to LOVE it. Unfortunately, it is just okay.I was hoping for a more personal memoir, such as UNBROKEN, but found the first 85% of t...

  • Jim
    Nov 24, 2016

    This book is a great combination of author and sailor who survived the sinking of the USS Arizona at Hawaii of December 7, 1941 driving the US into World War II. Donald Stratton was a teenager living ...