|Elmira - Steele Memorial Library||1||BM214S||Adult NonFiction Book|
In 1943, the navy destroyer, USS Borie, and a German U-boat, were engaged in a fierce battle north of the Azores Islands. This personal account from a crew member of the Borie follows the action, as well as illustrating the determination and courage shown by servicemen during the war as a whole.
Maher and Wise tell a fairly common story, that of the U.S. citizen-sailor in World War II, exceptionally well, with dry wit, great frankness about the limitations of Maher (its subject), his shipmates, and his officers, and much invaluable detail about the pains and pleasures of wartime navy shipboard life. They also tell the story of the U.S. destroyer Borie, one of scores of antique World War I vintage "four-pipers" that were pressed into service to battle U-boats up and down the coast of the Americas, from New England to Brazil. With Maher part of her fire-control party, Borie eventually joined the Battle of the Atlantic and fought desperately with a U-boat. She sank the sub, in the process suffering fatal damage and losing 27 of the crew. A modest but exceptionally valuable World War II naval memoir. --Roland Green
|Epilogue: The Navy and Afterward||p. 179|