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This issue’s other Battle of the Atlantic article, The Life and Death of U-67, by Naval History Senior Editor Eric Mills, tells the story of a U-boat through the recollections and photographs of one of her sailors, Hans Burck. Earlier this year, the U.S. Naval Institute received a treasure-trove of well-organized U-boat material from historian Melanie Wiggins, who had gathered it—four boxes full—for her book U-boat Adventures: Firsthand Accounts from World War II (Naval Institute Press, 1999).

The core of Mills’ article is drawn from the collection’s thick folder on Burck, which includes letters he exchanged with Wiggins, a copy of the diary he kept during a war cruise, and his collection of photos taken on board U-67 —many of which are previously unpublished. The German petty officer was one of three survivors when a U.S. escort carrier’s Avenger bomber sank his U-boat on 16 July 1943, and an excerpt from a report by one of Burck’s U.S. Navy interrogators rounds out the story.

A third World War II article commemorates the 70th anniversary of one of the Pacific conflict’s most ferocious, albeit relatively short, battles—the 76-hour fight for Tarawa Atoll’s Betio Island. “Taking Charge on Red Beach Two” by Douglas Porcher recounts how Marine Staff Sergeant William Bordelon’s heroism and sacrifice helped save the lives of fellow Marines coming ashore and earned him a posthumous Medal of Honor. The article’s sidebar, “Scenes from the Storm,” is excerpted from a wartime narrative by Captain Earl J. Wilson. It picks up later in the battle and describes the sights and sounds the author experienced after coming ashore.

Richard G. Latture , Editor-in-Chief


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