MINOT, N.D. (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 -- In author Stephen C. Stripe’s new historic book "Pacific LST 791: A Gallant Ship and Her Hardworking Coast Guard Crew at the Invasion of Okinawa" (published by iUniverse), readers are transported back to 1945 on the eve of the Okinawa invasion and told a true tale of how the bravery and vital actions of the LST 791, landing ship tank, and her crew helped the Allies tremendously during the Pacific Theater.
"I interviewed the survivors of the LST 791 and wanted to write their story – a history, their history – and share it with the world," says Stripe.
The job of the LST 791 crew was to deliver the troops, tanks and supplies to hostile beaches and, if necessary, defend those assets with their lives. Each story brings readers into the action with vivid descriptions and breathtaking accounts by the crew. Though each man was ordinary, their love of their country propelled them to achieve unimaginable feats so that they could return home, alive and victorious, to their families.
An excerpt from "Pacific LST 791":
"The following story of my father, his shipmates, and his ship LST (Landing Ship Tank) 791 describes the conditions in which they existed and lived during World War II. The ship and her Coast Guard crew existed for only eighteen short months. They did yeoman’s duty in the South Pacific, most dramatically during the last great amphibious invasion of the Pacific War, Okinawa. My father kept no diary; rarely did he talk to me about his time in the Coast Guard. Some of his shipmates, however, did keep diaries, and most of this work is based on those records along with the deck log. Interviews conducted with surviving members, Fern Stripe-Bruhn, and other historical references provided additional information. This book is a tribute to all who sailed the amphibious navy in World War II."
"Pacific LST 791"
By Stephen C. Stripe
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781462032471
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781462032488
E-Book | 148 pages | ISBN 9781462036172
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Stephen C. Stripe is a practicing physician and an avid student of history, science and religion. He also serves as associate professor of family medicine and associate director of the center for family medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences. He lives in North Dakota.
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