The Appendix

Feb. 26, 1942: With their ship, the USS Houston, under assault by Japanese aircraft, its five-inch guns were “elevated to fire nearly straight up,” which meant “the crews had to reckon with their own ordnance coming right back down on them. The larger chunks weighed as much as three pounds, jagged things a half-inch thick, maybe three or four inches wide at one place.”

An appendix at the back of the book lists the names of all Americans “killed in action or died in captivity” from the USS Houston: The list, which goes on for 12 pages, includes Last Name/First Name/Rank/Branch of Service/ Date of Death/Place of Death/Cause of Death.

The level of detail is simply amazing.

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