Such Men as These: The Story of the Navy Pilots Who Flew the Deadly Skies over Korea
David Sears. Foreword by Admiral James L. Holloway III, U.S. Navy (Retired). Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2010. 432 pp. Maps. Illus. Notes. Gloss. Bib. Appen. Index. $25.
Reviewed by Hill Goodspeed
It is ironic that for decades the most recognized account of U.S. naval aviation’s operations in Korea has been a work of fiction. James Michener’s book The Bridges at Toko-Ri and the film adaptation, starring William Holden, Mickey Rooney, and Grace Kelly, traced the tale of recalled Naval Reserve aviator Lieutenant Harry Brubaker and his struggle to overcome both the enemy and his resentfulness over having to serve in an unpopular war. In Such Men as These: The Story of the Navy Pilots Who Flew the Deadly Skies over Korea, author David Sears provides background on Michener and the famous author’s personal journey as he researched and wrote the novel. This serves as a backdrop for Sears’ words about the real-life Lieutenant Harry Brubakers flying from carriers off Korea.