J.D. Karns' historical novel is based on the actual journal
kept by Carl Lee Young while he served in the U.S. Navy during
WWII aboard the escort vessel DE-416 USS Melvin R.
Nawman. Karns has brilliantly woven Carl’s journal entries
together with fiction to create an entertaining, breathtaking,
and highly factual account of the war from a sailor's
point of view.
Experience everything from the great typhoon of 1944 to
Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and from the atom bomb to the
signing of the treaty that ended the Second World War. It is
an emotional roller coaster ride between the onboard
action and the family back home. The realism of not only
the war but also the era has been captured with expertise.
In real life Carl's younger brother, Charles, longed to hear
his big brother's WWII story. When Carl returned from the war
he promised his little brother that someday he would tell him
all about it. That day came recently when Charles began
receiving journal entries from Carl via emails, totaling 168.
Both Carl and Charles are excited to have their story turned
into a historic novel. Both brothers are still living; they share
the dream of holding a published copy of Carl's story in their
hands before being called to Heaven. Carl resides in
Arizona, and Charles resides in Florida. Both are still happily
married and, through emails and phone calls, enjoy keeping
each other informed of their day-to-day lives.