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Sunday Creek put me on to Russell Annabel's writings a few months ago. Great adventure stories written from the author's experiences in Alaska before, after, and during WW II. Easy reading, and no product plugging. The chapters on US/Jap fighting in the Aleutians really opened my eyes to a part of my father's war that I knew nothing about. Also, great moose, sheep, and bear hunting. "Alaskan Adventures...The Early Years" by Russell Annabel, Safari Press www.safaripress.com There's nothing phony about this guy.
 

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Gonna have to get that one! I just finished reading Eugene B. Sledge's "With The Old Breed at Pelelieu and Okinawa" a few weeks ago. Another incredible book.

Mainer, where did your father serve? My Grandfather was at the Torch Landings in North Africa, and was in support of Marines on Okinawa in it's later stages. He traded for several captured weapons with the Marines guarding the airfield there. He brought back a short sword, long sword, long type 38 rifle, and a takedown type 99. The long sword was given to my father and it was unfortunately stolen from his garage some years back. I'd give almost anything to get it back and return it to Dad.
 

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35 - He was in the Navy and served on a Destroyer Escort (USS Schmitt) in the North Atlantic(US to Londonderry), Mediteranean (Palermo), and finished up in the Pacific clearing Jap held beaches of mines,etc. in preparation for Mac's landing at Corrigidor or Bora Bora or one of those big battle zones down there.
 
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mainer... I've read many good books on Alaska and I have quite a collection..

If you're at all interested in Alaska hunting, fishing, bears or just outdoors, and not all the current-day stufff about " Bear Attacks" I'd like to suggest my three favorites to you..

All are related to SE Alaska..

(1) Grizzlies Don't come Easy by Ralph W. Young 1981
(2) My Lost Wilderness by Ralph W. Young 1983
(3)The Wild Grizzlies of Alaska by Joun M. Holzworth 1930

Young grew up in and around Sitka in southeast and hunted and fished totally by himself for many years and later wrote about all those neat expeniences in the two books above...

Wild Grizzlies of Alaska is about the life of a fellow named Allen Hasselborg that lived for many many years on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska surrounded by grizzlies that became used to his presents there... Admiralty Island has the largest number of grizzlies per sq mile anywhere in Alaska...due to the the great fishing !

Great books on the war in the Aleutians:

(1) The Thousand Mile War by Brian Garfield
(2) The Forgotten War by Stan Cohn 1981
(3) War Discovers Alaska by either Lippincott or Driscoll
(4)Alaska Under Arms by Jean Potter 1942
 

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Alaskan - are those books available someplace, or is that e-bay territory?

Another one I really enjoyed was "Last of the Great Brown Bear Men: Pinnel (sp?) and Talifson" ; I can't remember the author
 
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mainer...I just edited that post a bit to include some good books about the war on the Aleutian chain....

most are probably e-bay territory and are very easy marketable after you're finished with them..

there are a couple very good " Book Search" websites that you might also prowl through...I'll give ya those sites if ya need them..

One on that list " The Thousand Mile War" I believe has been re-printed many times in paperback (thick) and you're local book store could probably get it for ya.. or amazon.com

amazon.com also has the ability to link you up with those other titles (independent sellers) in their used book search... just be sure to campare pricing between amazon and those same sellers through the online book-search process...most of the time either search process will lead you directly to the same SELLER, and its certainly ok to make " offers" when you contact book stores online that have a particular book you're looking for...its a buyer market.

none of those book are very collectable with the exception of "Wild Grizzlies of Alaska " which can be very spendy if ya locate a good one with the original dust-jacket which can bring well over 200.. a nasty ole library copy, you might find in the 35-50 dollar range...well worth reading !

If that doesn't work out for ya , remember my User Name and conact me...
 

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I agree, Russel Anabell's books are great reading for any hunter. I found some in a used bookstore several years ago. If you like good hunting stories, well told, give him a try.
 

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For something different and a bit of fun I highly recommend the Collected poems of Robert Service. They are all tales of his days in the Yukon Territories and Alaska. Everything from rollicking bar tales to sadness and joy. It's a fun read and I am only a little bit into it.
 
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