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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Dunn, James A., 1913-
On board the USS Mason.
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©1996
|Named Person:||James A Dunn|
|Material Type:||Biography, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
James A Dunn; Mansel G Blackford
|ISBN:||0814206980 9780814206980 0814206999 9780814206997|
|Notes:||"A Sandstone book"--Half title page.|
|Description:||xxxix, 130 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm|
|Contents:||Historical Introduction / John Sibley Butler --
1. The First Crossing of the Atlantic: June 14-July 25, 1944 --
2. Hunter-Killer: July 26-September 1, 1944 --
3. The Raging Sea: Convoy N.Y. 119: September 19-November 5, 1944 --
4. Returning to America: November 6-November 22, 1944 --
5. To Oran, Africa, and Back: December 18, 1944-February 11, 1945 --
6. To Oran Again: February 12-March 7, 1945 --
7. Returning to New York City: March 8-March 26, 1945 --
8. A Final Trip to Oran: April 3-May 7, 1945 --
9. Coming Home at Last: May 8-May 23, 1945 --
Afterword: On Land.
|Other Titles:||On board the U.S.S. Mason|
|Responsibility:||edited by Mansel G. Blackford ; with a historical introduction by John Sibley Butler.|
Dunn kept a day-to-day diary during his spare time on board the Mason. Such diaries are a rarity, for the navy (and other armed services) forbade the keeping of diaries, fearful lest secret information fall into enemy hands. The diary chronicles the Mason's wartime activities, from the first convoy to the final return to the United States. It captures the feeling and meaning of life on board with an immediacy not fully found in retrospective accounts.
Equally interesting, the diary reveals what it meant to be an African American in a white navy within a segregated American society, the shipboard tensions and the shipboard cooperation and sense of unity.
Supplemented by additional sources, including interviews with Dunn, this diary is a personal view into an important part of American history. Like the Tuskegee airmen, the men of the USS Mason paved the way for desegregation in America's armed forces, contributing to a civil rights movement that changed the face of the nation.
- Dunn, James A., -- 1913- -- Diaries.
- Mason (Destroyer escort)
- United States. -- Navy -- Biography.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American.
- African American sailors -- Diaries.
- Geschichte 1941-1945.
- African American sailors
- Dunn, James A -- 1913-
- USS Mason (Destroyer escort)
- United States -- Navy
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American