by Lester D. Parker
The albatross (sometimes called a frigate bird) is the largest sea bird known, some measuring more than seventeen feet from wing tip to wing tip. Ranging huge distances from land, the albatross carries food for its young in a cavernous pouch beneath its beak. An amphibious landing ship, the LST, carries troops, tanks, and equipment in a cavernous opening below its weather deck. Like the albatross, the LST is completely at home on the deep blue sea or sitting on a beach, unloading equipment and personnel on enemy-held territory.
This then is the story of one such LST, number 1313, and its young, inexperienced but courageous crew. (LSTs were not named, just numbered.)
This book is fictional, taking inspiration from occurrences on many different LSTs in World War II.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lester D. Parker was born on a sharecrop farm in southwestern Oklahoma on July 18, 1926. At the height of the depression in 1937, the family migrated to California.
Parker left school after the eleventh grade to enlist in the Navy. He served for twenty-three months aboard LST 743 in the Asiatic Pacific, making many landings on Japanese-held islands, including New Guinea, Borneo, Mindanao, Leyte, and Luzon. When the war ended, he served on occupation duty in Japan until January 1946. He is well equipped to write about these amazing ships, LSTs.
Parker is married to his wife of sixty years and has four children, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
(2007, paperback, 152 pages)
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