Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Anchors Aweigh!



Sometimes we receive donations that are truly destined for those 'in the know.' The three books offered today at Amazon1 and featured here fit that category.

The Capstan is the yearbook of the 9th and 10th classes to graduate from the Naval Reserve Midshipman School at the University of Notre Dame. It has the previous owner's name and inscription, but is otherwise unmarked. The binding is tight.  The cover shows slight shelfwear along the bottom edge and at the spine. It is $20 at Amazon1.

Shipmates details the life of the crew of the USS Macon (CA-132) from 1945 up until her first deactivation in 1950. (She was reactivated for the Korean conflict and served into the 60's but that's another book). This is a rare volume, and is $75 on Amazon1. It is clean and tight with some wear on the corners of the cover.

The 1963-64 Yearbook of the U.S.S. Oglethorpe details her cruise in the Mediterranean that year as they were part of the fleet monitoring rising tensions off Cyprus. This book is $22 on Amazon1.

The blogger guesses that these books were probably all donated from the same source, and represent the passing of an era. We owe a debt of gratitude to these men who served so far from family and home for months, even years on end. The least we can do is to preserve their stories.

/kw

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