Book Discussion on A Dawn Like Thunder
Former Representative Robert Mrazek talked about his book A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight (Little, Brown and… read more
Former Representative Robert Mrazek talked about his book A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight (Little, Brown and Company; December 8, 2008). During World War II Torpedo Squadron Eight helped an outmatched U.S. fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 American men--many flying outmoded aircraft--became the war’s most decorated naval air squadron, while suffering the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history. Former Representative Mrazek read passages from the book and showed slides of photographs of the squadron. He talked about the men, the battles, and he also briefly mentioned a military cover up that he exposed in his book of an incident that cost many of their lives. He talked about how he came to write the book and responded to questions from members of the audience.
Robert Mrazek served five terms as a Democratic Congressman from New York. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and author of three novels, including Stonewall’s Gold.
This book launch was held in the President’s Room of the Naval Heritage Center. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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