New History Book Offers Firsthand Look at WWII Combat

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‘Taste of Salt’ presents maritime conflict through down-to-earth and readable prose

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“Taste of Salt” offers a complete chronicle of wartime experience, and includes maps, illustrations and photographs to provide the context readers enjoy in historical narratives.

Theodore Treadwell’s wartime biographyTaste of Salt: A WWII Skipper Looks Back” (published by iUniverse) recounts his service aboard a U.S. Navy wooden subchaser during World War II.

“Taste of Salt” offers a complete chronicle of wartime experience, and includes maps, illustrations and photographs to provide the context readers enjoy in historical narratives. Treadwell provides a narrative both of his own service and that of the other young men serving with him.

An excerpt from “Taste of Salt”:

“The attacks came mostly at night. Lacking radar on the 648, we’d man our stations and wait until we heard a broadcast to secure, or, as happened frequently, shooting started. It took only one ship to commence firing before the entire armada followed, in a deafening, never-to-be-forgotten display of fireworks. Tracers [fifth shell in every round] crisscrossed the sky in an overwhelming wall of firepower. You’d know a plane got hit when you saw a bright puff of smoke or fire. Searchlight beams would train on it and all ships would commence firing. At eight or ten thousand feet up, the stricken plane would seem to fall very slowly, all the while under heavy, concentrated fire.”

For more information, visit the website Treadwell established at http://www.splinterfleet.org.

About the Author
A native of New Jersey, Theodore Treadwell spent most of his postwar career in upstate New York and New England. For many years he worked in the packaging industry, first as a manufacturer’s representative and subsequently as a distributor manager for Cyrovac, a division of W.R. Grace & Co. Always active in school and community affairs, he served two years as president of the Massachusetts Association for Retarded Citizens. After raising five children, his marriage to his first wife ended when she died in 1984. He remarried in 1988 and that marriage ended when his second wife passed away in 2010. Treadwell passed away in November 2011 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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