“Author John Domagalski has taken the opportunity to rekindle interest in MTB-3’s amazing feats, and he has retold their story in compelling detail. This volume draws from earlier and largely forgotten sources to provide a complete and exciting narrative that seems unbelievable.”
- Naval Historical Foundation
"... author, John J. Domagalski, should be thanked for bringing the brave men and their tough little boats back into the limelight. The heroics of the PT boat men won Lieutenant Bulkeley the Congressional Medal of Honor, among other medals, and he was touted in the U.S. early in the war as one of our first heroes."
- A Wargamers Needful Things
"Under a Blood Red Sun balances scholarly research with accessible storytelling to preserve and illuminate the story of Lieutenant Bulkeley and his men, enriched with maps, appendices, notes, a bibliography, and an index. Highly recommended …"
- Midwest Book Review
A small group of American sailors in the Philippines were propelled into the forefront of the fighting during the opening days of World War II in the Pacific. They were armed with six small wooden torpedo boats and led by a courageous larger than life character in Lieutenant John D. Bulkeley. The men of Torpedo Boat Squadron Three faced insurmountable odds as they conducted a series of heroic operations against Japanese naval forces.
As America’s defense of the Philippines crumbled under the weight of a massive Japanese assault, the courageous activities of Bulkeley’s men made headlines across the United States - often as the only good news coming from the bleak Pacific front. The unit achieved everlasting fame by evacuating General Douglas MacArthur from the front lines. The squadron continued to fight until all six of its torpedo boats were lost.
The fate of the doomed American sailors was sealed when the Japanese won the battle for the islands in the spring of 1942. Under a Blood Red Sun tells their story through the intertwined accounts of Bulkeley, his second in command Robert Kelly, and young naval reserve officer Iliff Richardson. It is a saga of courage under fire and of brave men making the most of a desperate situation.
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