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BOOKS ABOUT COLUMBIA

 Battle History of the U.S.S. COLUMBIA : The "Blue Book" This is a reprint of the original battle history book. It has a Color cover and 87 pages of text with great black and white pictures. Last published over 60 years ago, at no expense to the government, this book may never be printed again. The Cost is $16. each which includes shipping. Make check payable to  (USS COLUMBIA CL-56 Association)  and mail to: Marge Sawyer 5275 N. Bronco Terrace, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.

The WAR CRUISES of U.S.S. COLUMBIA by Captain Carry Hall, USN (Ret.) He was a Lt. Commander serving as AIR DEFENCE OFFICER while aboard Columbia. This book was first published in 1987 and contains his personal recollections and some augmentations by shipmates. It is dedicated to Rear Admiral Maurice E. Curts, USN 1898-1976, our Captain, 1944-1945. It is 110 pages (8 1/2 x 11), mostly text. It is a great supplement to the "Blue Book", and a must read for anyone interested in a firsthand account of the war cruises of the USS Columbia CL-56.  Cost is $15. each. Make check payable to  (USS COLUMBIA CL-56 Association)  and mail to: Marge Sawyer 5275 N. Bronco Terrace, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.

KAMIKAZE NIGHTMARE by Ron Burt, This book is about Ron’s brother Pete Burt who served aboard the USS Ommaney Bay. After he was forced to abandon his ship, he was taken aboard the USS Columbia. A kamikaze strike on the Columbia nearly took Pete’s life. 218 pages, black and white pictures, including pictures of the Columbia being hit at 1730 hours, Jan. 6, 1945.                                               Out of print but you can find them on the internet.

U.S.S. Columbia Memories; prepared for the November 1988 reunion by the late Cary Hall, Captain, USN (Ret.). This book is 8 x 11inches and has 54 pages. It contains:                                              Note: This is a new offering

1. The chronology of the operations of the USS Columbia during the war.

2. A synopsis of the War Diaries and Action Reports.

3. THE PLANE THAT WOULDN’T FLY, the story of V Division 1942-43 by Dave Bowman.

4. Chief Syd Carr remembers the 5th Division.

5. Loring Thompson tells about R Division.

And Stories from a anonymous Lieutenant, Ed Tayor remembers night action, Daniel Schneider remembers Elderidge Sprouse, memories of Jay Slover and more. This book is $15.  Send a check to Marge Sawyer, payable to USS Columbia CL-56 Association.

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