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Chasing ghosts : a memoir of a father, gone to war

Author: Louise A DeSalvo
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2015.
Series: World War II--the global, human, and ethical dimension.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Chasing Ghosts describes how, near the end of his life, the daughter of a veteran of World War II comes to terms with her father, emotionally wounded by his military service through the stories he tells her about his childhood, about his military service in the Navy in the late 1930s, and about his wartime experiences and through her research undertaken to understand her father's life in the context of history.
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Biography
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DeSalvo, Louise A., 1942-
Chasing ghosts.
New York : Fordham University Press, 2015
(DLC) 2015006043
(OCoLC)915135705
Named Person: Louise A DeSalvo; Louise A DeSalvo; Louise A DeSalvo
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Louise A DeSalvo
ISBN: 9780823268740 0823268748 9780823268733 082326873X
OCLC Number: 919186428
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Prologue: Flushing out the Enemy --
ONE --
War Stories --
"Join the Navy, See the World" --
The Sea, the Sea --
On the Road to Nowhere, Moving Fast --
Fly Boy --
Man o' War's Man --
Dead as a Doornail --
A Very Smart Ship --
A Flower, A Sunburst, A Star --
The First Death --
Into the Drink --
Trouble Board --
War Games --
When Pigs Can Fly --
TWO --
"The Girl for Me" --
"Of Couse I Will" --
Courtship --
Safe House --
Lifeboat --
THREE --
So Much to Lose, So Much Already Lost --
Magic Bullet --
On the Day I Was Born --
"Hide Your Tears" --
House Hunting --
FOUR --
Secret Code --
Command Center --
The Sailor Who Flew Home on Wings of Air --
A Knock at the Door --
Just a Very, Very Few of the Many, Many Who Have Died --
Rage --
Chasing Ghosts --
Ship's Model --
Mopping Up --
Cargo Cult --
FIVE --
Coming Home --
The Evening News --
The Last Time My Father Almost Died --
Epilogue --
Wearing My Father's Bones.
Series Title: World War II--the global, human, and ethical dimension.
Responsibility: Louise DeSalvo.

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