In the gruesome battle for Guadalcanal, David Levy was skipper of PT 59, one of several Patrol/Torpedo boats that were among the first U.S. Navy vessels to engage Japanese warships at the beginning of World War II. Dave's wartime experiences in the South Pacific marked one of the most transformative periods in his life. In the Navy he quickly learned to assume a "deal-maker" persona that helped him get along with fellow PT boat skippers, many of whom, like future president John F. Kennedy, came from privileged East Coast families. He got to be known in the Navy by the nickname "Hogan," famous as "the guy to go to," who could get things done, organize parties well-stocked with liquor and women, obtain supplies when none seemed available, and, in those early, desperate days of the battle for Guadalcanal, also perform in the top ranks of competent PT boat skippers. The PT boats were small, maneuverable, and fast, and they were given the seemingly impossible mission of regularly engaging and sinking the much larger and more numerous destroyers, cruisers, and battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Dave's PT 59 was in the thick of all the action. These brave PT boat skippers, many of whom were graduates of Ivy League colleges or the U.S. Naval Academy, were a hard-partying group, and their "fast times" during World War II epitomized the intensity with which life was lived by those who, like Dave, were fully engaged in the deadly struggles of the Pacific War. Dave's wartime experiences shaped the rest of his life, a long journey that has included a successful law career, annual ski trips to his vacation home in Aspen since the early 1950s, and fishing all over the world.
Fly fishing is a popular hobby that combines the tranquility of the great outdoors with the challenges of Mother Nature. Fishing enthusiast Kurt Zeller, has written this insider's guide to fly fishing--targeted towards people new to this hobby. Fly fishing is relatively inexpensive after equipment is purchased and is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Fly fishing fundamentals you'll learn include: o Fly fishing terminology o Selection and care of fly fishing equipment o Casting basics o Knot variations o How to tie your own flies o How to find where to fish Duncan devotes an entire chapter skillfully explaining how to put your reel on your rod and how to prep it for casting. If you follow Zeller's tips you'll increase your comfort and success by starting out with the proper equipment and techniques. Fly fishing Basics 101 provides all of information needed to get you off of the couch and angling like a pro.
William Hope Hodgson was an English author and sailor who wrote a large quantity of works including fantasy, horror, and sea tales, but the still young author was killed in World War I at the age of 40. This is one of his most popular works.
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