The Mathews Men

The Mathews Men

Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats

Book - 2016
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Documents the experiences of an extraordinary family whose seven sons and neighbors from a Mathews County, Virginia, community served as Merchant Marines and in 1942 defended the coastal United States against a U-boat assault.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2016
ISBN: 9780525428152
Characteristics: ix, 390 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm


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Jan 04, 2017

A fascinating story, and one with broad appeal - both the Merchant Marine sailors who went to sea (and went repeatedly *into* the sea when their ships were torpedoed), and their families' experience at home. The people from this seafaring Virginia county experienced the complete range of WWII on all seas of the world, from Cape Hatteras to Murmansk to Malta to the a-bomb airbase on Tinian. Some of the details become repetitive, but a good yarn!


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