The Original Tomcat

A Fletcher Destroyer Goes to War

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The worlds most famous class of destroyers, the Fletchers, joined the American fleet during World War II. There were 175 of these little gray workhorses, all heavily armed against threats from sea, land and air. No admiral ever had enough of them. Most fought in the Pacific War against Japan, serving anonymously alongside well-known aircraft carriers and battleships. Dozens of Fletchers ran with the big boys in mighty Fast Carrier Task Force 38/58 under Admirals Halsey, Spruance, Mitscher and McCain. The USS Colahan (DD-658) steamed this perilous but triumphant journey to Tokyo Bay, surviving when others didnt.

This is the fifth and final edition of The Original Tomcat: A Fletcher Destroyer Goes to War. The book, which follows the Colahan through the climactic 1944/1945 battles of the Japanese-American Pacific War, was author-published four times in limited editions between 1994 and 1997. It was well received by Colahan shipmates and Fletcher-class destroyer fans, and it continues to be in demand. Here is a sampling of reader reactions:

A wonderful work by a skilled writer. All ships should be so lucky as to have their exploits chronicled so well. Thomas J. Peltin, president of Tin Can Sailors, Inc.

A magnificent piece of writing. Ray Loughrige, radioman, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

Thank you for helping me relive my forgotten youth. Howard Ralby, fireman, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

I am absolutely delighted with it. Dick Jones, signalman, ComDesRon 53 staff, Pacific War.

Your story makes memories come alive. Clyde D. Killion, chief yeoman, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

I commend you for your incredible effort. George Whitney, signalman, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

Thanks, Jackson, for making an old sailor feel real good. George McLaughlin, torpedoman, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

A great book, a real pleasure. Jim Exchange, baker, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

A moving account of the Hazelwood rescue. Peter Dingman, medical officer, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

You made the Colahan live again! Henry Gaffin, yeoman, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

I couldnt put it down. The Colahan needed this, and we who served on the Colahan needed this. Jim Kinduell, gunnery officer, USS Colahan, Pacific War.

A very impressive piece of work. Tim Rizzuto, ships superintendent, USS Kidd Memorial.

This is much, much more than a ships history. George English, president of the USS Wedderburn Association.

The Original Tomcat has found shelf space in several libraries interested in naval history the Library of Congress; the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington; East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Foundation in Baton Rouge, where a copy is on permanent display in the Colahan locker aboard the memorialized USS Kidd. General libraries offering the book include the Springfield-Greene County

May 24
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