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Kamikaze Nightmare


Year: 2013
Language: english
Author: Burt R.
Genre: History
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: EPUB
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 140
Description: Ron Burt writes a compelling story about his older brother's heroism and injuries received at the hands of Kamikaze direct hits on two ships, about his brother's recovery from those injuries and about his own effort to gather the information necessary to support the process to have his brother awarded the Navy Cross and Silver Star.
His brother, Pete Burt, was on the USS OMMANEY BAY (CVE-79) when it was sunk by a Kamikaze attack. While he was in the water following the order to abandon ship he gathered ten non-swimmers and kept them together until rescued. The officer on the whaleboat told Pete that he planned to recommend him for the medals.
Following his rescue he was transferred to the USS COLUMBIA (CL-56) where two days later it too was struck by a Kamikaze attack resulting in the injuries sustained by Pete Burt. He was to survive fifty surgeries and twenty-two and one half months in hospitals and nearly a lifetime of post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
During much of this time his brother Ron, a four year Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and a tin can sailor (USS SHELTON (DD-790), spent years of research and writing his account of his efforts to locate veterans who could corroborate Pete's heroism. He contacted the Navy, veteran's organizations, his congressman, placed ads in veteran's magazines and contacted numerous veterans by phone, mail and in person. He went to the reunion of the survivors of the OMMANEY attack in 1990 and spoke to the nearly 120 veterans and their families who were there.
The result is a book that is unique in that it puts a face to the Kamikaze pilots who committed these atrocities, provides vivid first person accounts of the experience (as painful as they are) and gives us a hero that we can all identify with, one who was there and who lived through it with grace
Additional info: Ron Burt holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree from Texas Christian University. A Korean Veteran, he served on board a patrol frigate, USS Burlington (PF-51) and a destroyer, USS Shelton (DD-790), from December 1950 to May 1954. He made 4 cruises to the Far East during that period and earned 5 combat stars while in Korea. He was on board the Shelton on February 22, 1952, while that ship was defending the island of Yang Do, near Songin, N. Korea, from further invasion attempts by the North Korean Communists. The Shelton suffered 4 direct hits and 50 near hits from 5 shore guns, resulting in 12 casualties.

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