FROM THE PUBLISHER:
It was a miracle three years in the making, a testimony to American fortitude and ingenuity—and perhaps the key to why the United States won a war that after Pearl Harbor seemed hopeless.
Impeccably researched, Avenging Pearl Harbor is colorfully written, personal, chilling, visceral.
Historian Keith Warren Lloyd brings his gift for injecting life and personalities and heretofore untold stories of the men and women involved-–members of what became known as The Greatest Generation—whose heroism and sacrifice brought about the miraculous new life of a sleeping military force that was reeling and on its knees.
It is a story has never before been told in such detail and with such vibrancy.
On the night of 24 October 1944, a force of two battleships, one heavy cruiser and four destroyers from the Imperial Japanese Navy steamed into Surigao Strait in the Philippines. Their objective: to attack the invasion fleet of General Douglas MacArthur’s army in Leyte Gulf. Alerted by scouting PT boats, units of the U.S. 7th Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Jesse Oldendorf prepared a deadly trap. Waiting for the enemy force were five American battleships and supporting cruisers and destroyers. Oldendorf performed the classic naval maneuver of “crossing the T” which allowed the American ships to fire broadsides at the oncoming Japanese vessels, while the enemy could only fire with their forward turrets. When the smoke cleared, the Japanese fleet had been all but annihilated.
Only one destroyer escaped.
The victorious American battleships were the Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, California, and Tennessee, five of the eight dreadnoughts that had been bombed at Pearl Harbor.
The five ships had been raised, repaired, modified and re-manned. After three long years, they finally had their revenge.
Avenging Pearl Harbor takes readers from the attack on Pearl Harbor, telling the story of the severe damage dealt to each ship and the incredible acts of courage performed by the sailors of each crew that morning. It continues with how each ship was raised and repaired—Herculean in scope-- and the mustering of new commanders, officers and crewmen.
The final drama unfolds as of each ship returns triumphantly to the battle fleet, and the ultimate triumph at the battle of Surigao Strait.
The Great Desert Escape tells the fascinating story of how twenty-five determined German sailors tunneled out of the Papago Park POW camp in Phoenix, Arizona and attempted to flee to Mexico across the unforgiving Sonoran desert.
"With all of the emphasis on Allied POW escapes over the years, it is interesting to learn about the same from the German perspective." ~ NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
"The Great Desert Escape is an extremely well-written account... an enlightening, enjoyable, and extremely quick read that brings to life the little-known history of Axis POWs held in American camps during World War II. If your measure of an interesting book (that also holds your attention) is that it makes you read more information on the various topics discussed within, then The Great Desert Escape is for you." MILITARY REVIEW - THE PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL OF THE U.S. ARMY
'Wildly entertaining true story...Well researched, I was captivated reading about the ingenuity and ineptitude throughout the escape." ~EDWIN HOWARD
From the deserts of the American Southwest, to the jungles of the Philippines and the barren wilderness of Siberia - A gripping collection that showcases the most famous prisoner of war escapes in the history of modern warfare. Although these stories feature escapees of different nationalities, ideologies and allegiances, there were common traits shared by all of these daring men: loyalty to country and cause, tenacity, resourcefulness, and an abundant amount of courage.
Keith Warren Lloyd's Above and Beyond is the incredible true story of Frank Luke Jr., the first aviator to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1897, Luke was an adventurous young man who was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. When America entered the First World War in 1917, Luke became a fighter pilot in the newly-formed U.S. Army Air Service and was soon serving with a combat squadron in France. Seen as a "high-strung, excitable boy," scorned by his squadron mates and frequently at odds with his commanders, Above and Beyond tells the story of how Luke soon became one of the most revered fighter aces on the Western Front. Exhibiting great audacity and skill in combat, he quickly racked up an impressive number of air-to-air victories, many of them against heavily-defended observation balloons which few pilots dared to attack. The popular press would soon label him "The Arizona Balloon Buster." Above and Beyond chronicles Luke's most daring mission of all on September 29, 1918, which cost him his life, and for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
"An intimate and inspiring portrait of a true hero few people know." - Tom McCarthy, author of The Greatest Medal of Honor Stories Ever Told.
Keith Warren Lloyd lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. In addition to being an author and historian, he is a professional firefighter and a U.S. Navy veteran. Keith graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on history and political science.
Keith's best-selling work, The Great Desert Escape, was released by Lyons Press in April 2019 and tells the true story of how 25 German prisoners of war tunneled their way out of the Papago Park POW camp in Phoenix, Arizona during World War II.
Keith's The Greatest POW Escapes Ever Told, an anthology of famous prisoner of war escape stories, was released by Lyons Press in December 2020.
Keith's Above and Beyond is the biography of Frank Luke Jr., the World War One ace known as the "Arizona Balloon Buster" and the first aviator to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Keith's When Heaven Was Falling, Cape Hatteras and On Island Time are historical novels, featuring fictional characters thrust into actual events and often interacting with real-life historical figures.
Keith and The Great Desert Escape on television! Thank you to Kim Quintero of AZ Family 3TV.