A very interesting new release, The Devil in the Deep is a new memoir from Joseph Pignataro detailing the U.S. Navy's response to 9/11 and beyond. Raw and rough, this is the honest tale of one serviceman, telling a story that needs to be told. It's free today and for the next few days and is absolutely worth downloading. I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that it's important for the members of our military to have the ability to voice their experiences, and I hope we can all wish Joseph the best with his new venture as a writer!
Name: The Devil in the Deep: The Untold Story of the U.S. Navy Response to 9/11
Rating: 5.0 stars over 2 reviews
Description: The U.S. Navy was among the first responders on 9/11. Entrusted with the iconic Ground Zero flag, the Roosevelt battlegroup took to the seas searching out those responsible, and to bring justice to a nation in mourning.
11:45 September 2001, the U.S.S. Leyte Gulf deployed within hours of the attack on the W.T.C. with orders to shoot down and destroy any "birds not squawking" over New York City. We were entrusted with the Ground Zero flag raised by the NYFD. We flew that flag with pride and determination from our mast on our important mission. After two days we were then redirected to the gulf and given orders to destroy the Taliban with the Tomahawk missiles onboard. During transit, we were told by our Captain that the Taliban would be waiting for us in the narrow Suez canal. So narrow in fact, only a single ship can go through at any one time. If the first and last ship were to be hit by surface to air missiles, there would be no way out. The aircraft carrier U.S.S Roosevelt, would be trapped in the middle and defenseless. There they were, waiting for us on horseback atop the sandy Suez dunes...following us. Just a bunch of scared kids manning the ships 50 cal guns, wondering what was to happen next.
One late night in the gulf, Bush declared war. It was our task to launch the first Tomahawk missiles and kick off the war on terror. We were cut off from the outside world. Email and any other means of communication had been banned for security reasons. Television reports of Anthrax gripping the country with fear and WW3 rumors scuttling through the ships decks. A six man boarding party manned up to routinely search an unresponding suspect Iraqi tanker...what was found would change our lives forever.
This is our sea story.
Reviews: "I just finished reading LONE SURVIVOR and this was better! I've read stories about the FDNY, Army and NYPD...not Navy. This story and our sailors involvement during 9/11 is such an important part of history, I'm surprised it's just now being told."
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