Naval War College Review


As a midshipman in the 1960s, I discovered J. Bryan’s Aircraft Carrier, the classic World War II nonfiction “diary” of life aboard the USS Yorktown (CV 10) in 1945. It remains a great source of insight into the everyday lives of the men of Task Force 58 at the height of the Pacific War. As a junior officer in destroyers, I sought out similar nonfiction work describing life aboard “tin cans” during the war, but I found only two books, both novels. Not until Robinson’s 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten have I read anything as good as J. Bryan’s book.