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The Resource Good night officially : the Pacific War letters of a destroyer sailor : the letters of Yeoman James Orvill Raines, edited with introductions by William M. McBride

Good night officially : the Pacific War letters of a destroyer sailor : the letters of Yeoman James Orvill Raines, edited with introductions by William M. McBride

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Good night officially : the Pacific War letters of a destroyer sailor : the letters of Yeoman James Orvill Raines
Title
Good night officially
Title remainder
the Pacific War letters of a destroyer sailor : the letters of Yeoman James Orvill Raines
Statement of responsibility
edited with introductions by William M. McBride
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • ""27 March 1945 ... Hello baby darling: We're at sea again. The jumping, rolling, tossing sea again. My belly isn't the only thing with the jitters this time. They affect my whole body. Okinawa. Just looking at it on the map breaks us out in a cold sweat. Okinawa spells Kamikaze Corps to us. Somebody's gotta get it and we may be lucky or unlucky. You see, the Navy loses a lot of men but you don't particularly hear about it. ... "" "These are the words of Orvill Raines, a newspaperman in civilian life, who now found himself in the uniform of a Yeoman Second Class on the destroyer Howorth and smack in the middle of the Pacific war. From his assignment to the ship in April 1944 until his death one year later in a kamikaze attack off Okinawa, Orvill Raines wrote a remarkable series of letters to his young bride, Ray Ellen. His perceptive, uncensored correspondence shows us, with a directness that no conventional history could hope to match, the horrific experiences shared by thousands of American seamen who fought "the good war" against the Japanese half a century ago." "Special arrangements with the officer responsible for censoring his letters enabled Raines to candidly chronicle the war as he and his shipmates knew it. His keen and literate observations provide a rare glimpse of the everyday world of the enlisted sailor - a world permeated by boredom and routine, camaraderie and high jinks, but regularly punctuated by the frantic action and intense terror of combat." "And the Howorth's crew saw plenty of combat. The reconquest of the Philippines, where Raines's strongest memory is of the continual parade of floating bodies in Leyte Gulf; the twenty-four days spent firing on the entrenched Japanese on the stark, volcanic hell of Iwo Jima; and the bloody invasion of Okinawa are just some of the dramatic engagements that Raines witnessed and recorded."
  • "There is a deeply personal side to these letters as well. They tell of Orvill's adoration and longing for Ray Ellen (faced with a lengthy and uncertain separation, they promised to bid each other an "official good night" every evening) and of his aspirations for a better life after the war. Knowing the author's fate renders these hopes and dreams even more poignant. Orvill's last letter - to be opened only in the event of his death - is the most touching of all, as he bids his beloved Ray Ellen a final "goodbye, officially."" "The letters are carefully edited and superbly set in their historical context by William M. McBride. Good Night Officially is a tribute to the genuine heroism of the millions of ordinary men who served their country in World War II and a fitting remembrance of the squandered potential and tragic sacrifice made by hundreds of thousands of Americans in a war of unparalleled ferocity."--Jacket
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
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168711
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
-1945
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Raines, James Orvill
Dewey number
  • 940.54/26/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
D774.H68
LC item number
R35 1994
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940
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McBride, William M
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True
Series statement
History and warfare
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  • Raines, James Orvill
  • Raines, Ray Ellen
  • Howorth (Ship)
  • Raines, James Orvill
  • Raines, Ray Ellen
  • Howorth (Ship)
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Sailors
  • Military campaigns
  • Military operations, Naval
  • Sailors
  • Pacific Area
  • United States
  • Pazifikkrieg
  • Seekrieg
  • Erlebnisbericht
  • USA
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the Pacific War letters of a destroyer sailor : the letters of Yeoman James Orvill Raines
Label
Good night officially : the Pacific War letters of a destroyer sailor : the letters of Yeoman James Orvill Raines, edited with introductions by William M. McBride
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780813319506.pdf
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Letters of Yeoman 2/c James Orville Raines to his wife
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-306)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm28586921
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 307 pages
Isbn
9780813319506
Lccn
93028239
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)28586921
Label
Good night officially : the Pacific War letters of a destroyer sailor : the letters of Yeoman James Orvill Raines, edited with introductions by William M. McBride
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780813319506.pdf
Publication
Note
Letters of Yeoman 2/c James Orville Raines to his wife
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-306)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm28586921
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 307 pages
Isbn
9780813319506
Lccn
93028239
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)28586921

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