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by Bobette Gugliotta
University Press of Kentucky  2000
264 pages
Index, photos
ISBN: 081310985X
Cover Price: $19.95
Language: English

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Pigboat 39
An American Sub Goes to War

This book details the service of US Navy submarine, S-39 (SS-144) an S-class submarine built in 1919 at the end of World War I. The S-Boats were cramped and outdated were dubbed "Pigboats" by their crews. As the Pacific War loomed, the S-Boats were antiquated compared to newer fleet submarines, but remained in service nonetheless.

Written by Bobette Gugliotta, wife of crew member Gugliotta. The book is written in a narrative style, that paints a picture of life in the Philippines prewar, the experiences of the wives of married officers and personalities of the colorful crew members that include both old Navy hands and young recruits.

Review by  Justin Taylan  

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September 21, 2023

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