`Superb! An intimate look at the way a war was won.'
- Tom Clancy
`They feared the enemy together and put their faith in the only place they could, in their boat and in their skipper. These brought them through and against the toughest anti-submarine warfare measures and the greatest damage reported by any submarine of our side. It was the nearest of near misses, and it remains the truest, and strongest, of all possible bonds.'
- Edward L. Beach
On 12 August 1943, Lieutenant-Commander I. J. Galantin took command of the fleet submarine USS Halibut on Midway Island. For the next fourteen months, Galantin and his officers and crew would play their part in the Silent Service's unrelenting attack on Japan's navy and merchant marine. But it was in Luzon Strait in November 1944 that the submarine and its crew underwent their greatest ordeal, recounted here by Galantin. Detected and driven down while attacking a decoy, Halibut was subjected to an assault of appalling ferocity. Badly damaged by more than 250 depth charges, her position known to her attackers, and with key equipment out of commission, the crippled submarine and crew endured hours of desperate manoeuvring and helpless waiting before the enemy finally gave up and the grievously mauled Halibut managed to surface and reach safety. The Halibut never sailed again.
About the Author
Admiral Ignatius Joseph Galantin was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, and two Gold Stars for his service on Halibut. In addition to Take Her Down, he has also written Submarine Admiral. The author died in 2003.
Admiral Ignatius Joseph Galantin was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, and two Gold Stars for his service on Halibut. In addition to Take Her Down, he also wrote Submarine Admiral. The author died in 2003.