Review: LUCKY THIRTEEN: US Coast Guard LSTs in the Pacific CXN Wiley opens up a whole vista on an unseen part of World War II with this high action adventure. A must read for WWII buffs. I've since met Ken Wiley. He's the real deal and a hero in my book and a great contributor to the nation he helped to save.
Review: LUCKY THIRTEEN: US Coast Guard LSTs in the Pacific The author leads us to believe that a landing craft roamed the Pacific Islands like a superhero...Really? Simplistic and for the simple-minded.
Ken Smith was a backwoods boy of 18 when the U.S. government asked him to serve. Despite his flat feet, he signed up with the U.S. Coast Guard and began a three-year adventure that took him from the frigid North Atlantic to an atoll in the South Pacific called Ulithi. Coast Guard Follies is Smith's fond and funny recollection of his time in the service, when the only dangers came from the "push-push" girls, the bad decisions of Lieutenant "Lard-Ass" and an ungrounded gooseneck lamp. This is a hilarious story that will appeal to old "Coasties" and landlubbers alike.