Learn about WWII from the journal of the 18-year-old who survived it. Claud Aldrich was a Tin-Can sailor, serving on the USS Van Valkenburg - named for the captain of the USS Arizona. The crew of the USS Van Valkenburg took the ghosts of USS Arizona with them into battle.
Claud was a poor boy, one of nine children, seven boys and two girls. At 18, he was drafted in to the United States Navy, which was an entirely new world to him. He knew nothing about life outside his home. It was a rude awakening for him, to shape up to the facts of life on a warship in a time of war. Learning to be in harm's way and survive was a hard life's lesson to learn, but if you didn't learn it - you didn't ever go home.
Remember your WWII memories with a fellow veteran or experience what someone you loved experienced. If one of your loved ones experienced the war in the Pacific, learn and gain new perspective of what it was like for them.
If you have someone who doesn't respect the power of war, you need this book to help enlighten them as to the real hell of living on a battleship.