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I loved the book
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2017
I loved the book! I was on the USS Merrill during Operation Praying Mantis, I was young and only knew the partial stories behind the USS Stark and USS Samuel B Roberts. It was good to finally read the entire story and timeline of events. I do remember the morning of the Sassan bombardment like yesterday. I was in combat sitting at the SLQ-32 and another EW was on the upper deck manning the chaff station said that the oil platform was firing at us but the rounds were falling short. At this point the Merrill had not fired, I can't say if the other ships had or had not at this time, the book stated we fired first. Once we did fire we took that gun out with one well placed round. I also remember the commodores staff calling each ship on the radio and asking for how many rounds from each weapon they had on board. When they asked us for how many rounds of CIWS and we told them we didn't have one there was a long pause. I am sure they were thinking what are you doing in the gulf without CIWS. The Merrill had been the test platform for the Tomahawk and had yet to go into the yards to be fitted with CIWS.