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So close to home : a true story of an American family's fight for survival during World War II / Michael J. Tougias and Alison O'Leary.

Tougias, Mike, 1955- (author.). O'Leary, Alison, (author.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Eastern Branch 940.45 TOU (Text) 36804000252257 NONFIC Available -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 940.545 TOU (Text) 33187004073918 Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781681771304
  • ISBN: 1681771306
  • Physical Description: xi, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.

Content descriptions

General Note: Maps on lining papers.
Formatted Contents Note: A Tired Old Workhorse -- Ina and the South American Venture -- Admiral Dönitz and his Grey Wolves -- Harro Schacht and U-507 -- The Grey Wolves and the Mississippi -- Moving Ever Closer -- Denied a Safe Port -- An Uneasy Feeling -- Torpedoes in the Night -- The Raft -- A most Hopeless Night -- Dawn -- Desperation -- Running Out of Time -- The Shrimp Boat and a Surprise -- Ina -- Lucille -- Triumphant Return to Lorient -- Morgan City and the Hospital -- The Laconia: A Sinking and a Rescue -- Spies, Duty, and the Turning of the Battle Tide -- Passages So Far from Home -- Sonny.
Summary, etc.: On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by twenty nine-year-old Iron Cross and King's Cross recipient Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with sixty-two souls on board. Most aboard were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family: Ray and Ina, and their two children, eight-year-old Sonny and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no idea that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, chaos ensued--and each family member had to find their own path to survival. --
Subject: Downs family.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 > Naval operations > Submarine.
Shipwreck survival > Mexico, Gulf of.
Survival at sea > Mexico, Gulf of.

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