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Other Great Web Sites

Click on the underscored titles to link to other great web sites with something fun, informative and interesting to offer regarding US Navy history.

This editor would like to thank the people associated with these web pages and organizations. All have been helpful in one form or another in helping to make the USS BUSH web site what it is today.

D. L. Sears Books
Author David Sears (“The Last Epic Naval Battle: Voices from Leyte Gulf”) is currently writing a new book titled “At War with the Wind”. This new book is about the U. S. Navy’s battle against Japan’s suicide forces in the last months of World War II. It is an ambitious undertaking about a subject of much interest to many Pacific theater World War II veterans, their families, and World War II history enthusiasts. As dlsearsbooks.com notes, “At War with the Wind recounts the U.S. Navy’s fierce defense against a baffling and horrifying new weapon—the Japanese air- and sea borne suicide attackers: the kamikazes.” As a means of recognizing veterans that participated in this great struggle, Mr. Sears is including a “Roll Call” as an appendix to his book. The Roll Call is described as a “listing, organized by unit (ship, unit or squadron) of names of the veterans we have either communicated with directly or, in the case of deceased veterans, whose families have been contacted and supplied information.” If you, or a family member, participated in this great struggle, visit Mr. Sears website to discover how you can learn more about this interesting period of history. To see the "USS Bush (DD-529)" page with images of some of her veterans that Mr. Sears has collected and displays in their honor just click here --> , USS Bush (DD-529). It is a great example of some of the work being done as a part of the "At War with the Wind" project.

July 8, 2008 - For a brief glimpse at an excerpt from David Sears' book At War with the Wind just click here : Chapter Excerpt. The book is complete and due to be published in September. By arrangement with Kensington Publishing, D.L.Sears Books is selling directly to Navy veterans and their families, a limited number (1945) of personally numbered, inscribed and autographed copies of the book. If that is of interest to you, then dlsearsbooks.com is the place to get further details on how to be a part of these special editions.

NavSource Naval History
A wonderful site, with a variety information and links to other websites and ships. NavSource Naval History represents a concerted and remarkable effort by many individuals to preserve naval history. They really do a great job documenting ships of all kinds. For instance, because of their efforts, images of an LCS(L) are available for use on the USS BUSH website. Four LCS(L)'s participated in the rescue of USS BUSH sailors. Included within NavSource is information about the USS YARNALL (DD-541), another distinguished Fletcher class destroyer serving in World War II, the Korean conflict, and then some! NavSource also includes details about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941 and links to DANFS Online (The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships). If you enjoy U.S. Naval History, then NavSource is a must see site!

Destroyers OnLine
This site is "dedicated to the small ships of the fleet - the destroyers, destroyer escorts, and frigates". This site organizes information by type of ship, class, as well as names and numbers of specific ships within a class. In some cases, information about a particular ship (or a link to such information) is available, such as the USS HAZELWOOD (DD-531) another Fletcher class destroyer seeing action in World War II, Korea, and Cuban Missile Crisis. Destroyers OnLine (DOL) is a well done site, providing something of interest to a wide audience.

Tin Can Sailors
Tin Can Sailors is the national organization of Destroyer Veterans, boasting more than 18,500 members. Among other things, this site includes reunion information, photos, history, ordnance articles, and message center for routing a question through Tin Can Sailors. The message service was a helpful resource for the non-navy USS BUSH website author!

The USS KIDD (DD-661) & NAUTICAL CENTER is a a museum in Baton Rouge, Lousiana. Sponsored by the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Foundation, this floating museum allows a first hand view of a World War II era Fletcher class destroyer. In addition, to preserving the history of this gallant ship and her crew, the museum seeks to honor all men and women of America's armed forces. The BUSH web site editor has had the good fortune to visit the USS KIDD and would recommend a visit to anyone having such an interest.

Knights of the Sea - PT Boats of World War II
This website is a fantastic wealth of information about the Motor Torpedo Boat's role in World War II. Among other things this site contains numerous action reports, personal stories, and details about the boats themselves. This exciting website preserves a unique part of US Navy and World War II history. Reading the action reports, you'll see just what a brave lot those PT Boaters were.

This website recalls another great Flectcher class destroyer, the USS NICHOLAS (DD-449). The NICHOLAS was the first Fletcher ever commissioned. This website chronicles NICHOLAS's long and distinguished career until her retirement from the United States Navy in 1969. It contains a variety of information and interesting pictures; even a photo of a torpedo as it is fired from one of the ship's torpedo mounts!

Patrol Craft Sailors - "Too Good To Be Forgotten"
This site has information about some of the smaller ships that served with distinction in World War II. Various types of patrol craft are described and representive pictures are included. These ships performed a variety duties. One of their ranks, the PCE(R) 855 rescued part of the BUSH crew after the BUSH was sunk. PCE(R) means Patrol Craft Escort - Rescue.

Destroyer History Foundation
This site is dedicated to chronicling the more than 100 year history of the United States Navy ships known as destroyers (a.k.a – “tin cans”). This website has many photos, often in color, with additional write ups to capture and share this 100 year history. Specific classes of destroyer are recapped, as are selected ship histories. For instance, the Fletcher Class destroyer, of which the USS BUSH was one of 175 such ships, is so outlined. Fletcher class design variations and specific squadrons are noted. It’s a great site to visit for those interested in a broader view of the type of ship the Navy calls “destroyer”

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