By William Thomas, Jr. Generous
Few ships in American background have had as illustrious a historical past because the heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), affectionately recognized by means of her team as 'Sweet Pea.' With the destructionof many of the U.S. battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor, cruisers equivalent to candy Pea carried the largest weapons the army possessed for almost a yr after the beginning of global conflict II. Sweet Pea at War describes in harrowing element how Portland and her sisters safe the valuable companies and held the road opposed to overwhelming eastern naval power. Portland was once instrumental within the dramatic American victories on the conflict of the Coral Sea, the conflict of halfway, and the naval conflict of Guadalcanal--conflicts that historians regard as turning issues within the Pacific battle. She rescued approximately 3 thousand sailors from sunken ships, a few of them whereas she herself was once badly broken. just a monstrous storm ended her profession, yet she sailed domestic from that, too. in accordance with wide learn in respectable records and interviews with participants of the ship's staff, Sweet Pea at War recounts from launching to scrapping the heritage of USS Portland, demonstrating that she merits to be remembered as essentially the most very important ships in U.S. naval history.
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