Sailors in the Sky : Memoir of a Navy Aircrewman in the Korean War

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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"On previous flight ops, when a launch was delayed, we usually passed the time telling jokes or exchanging the latest scuttlebutt. Tonight was different. Each of us sat silently with our own thoughts. All of us, I'm sure, made impossible promises to God, and I was one of them. My gut was wound so tight, it was hard to breathe, no less talk. For the umpteenth time, I tightened the harness of my chute. I remember praying, 'Whatever else happens, don't make me bail out of this thing!'" With little to no recognition from the general public, navy enlisted aircrewmen performed heroically in the Korean War. Manning radios and radar, they were indispensable to the success of missions. Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Jack Sauter was one such aircrewman. Assigned to the USS Midwayand the USS Lake Champlain, he flew twenty-one early warning and antisubmarine missions from the backseat of a Douglas Skyraider with Task Force 77 off Korea in support of our troops. From the excitement and thrill of being catapulted from the deck of an aircraft carrier to the tedium of service at sea, the author describes in detail his service in the Korean air war.

Author Biography

Jack Sauter was an aviation electronics technician during the Korean War and is the president and editor of the USS Lake Champiain Association Inc. Edward Peary Stafford is a retired commander in the U.S. Navy and the author of The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Prologuep. 7
Book one
Taking the First stepp. 11
Civies to Bluesp. 14
Tennessee Waltzp. 25
Memphis Bellep. 36
Virginia Interludep. 53
Rhode Island Reunionp. 65
Guppylandp. 70
The Best-Kept Secretp. 78
Settling Inp. 86
A Medical Detourp. 91
Book Two
Underwayp. 101
First Carrier Flightp. 109
First Portp. 119
Weekend in Pansp. 128
Getting to Know Youp. 136
Prelude to Koreap. 140
The Chompp. 145
Death at Seap. 153
First Libertyp. 156
A New Worldp. 160
Crossing the Linep. 169
Rained Outp. 175
Book Three
The Real Thingp. 189
Hitting the Beachp. 202
The Last Actp. 218
Peace and a New Skipperp. 232
A Summing Upp. 239
"We All Hear You, Dick"p. 244
A Mountain in the Cloudsp. 248
Hong Kong Holidayp. 253
A Last Lookp. 264
Retracing Our Stepsp. 267
Europe Againp. 275
Homeward Boundp. 282
Home Againp. 290
Epiloguep. 297
Bibliographyp. 301
Military History of the Authorp. 303
Indexp. 305
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