No Ordinary Joes - The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life-logo

No Ordinary Joes - The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life

Larry Colton

Their names were Bob Palmer, Gordy Cox, Tim McCoy, and Chuck Vervalin, and in 1941, when they joined the navy, they were not trying to prove their patriotism-they were just looking for a job that would provide "three hots and a cot." But on April 22, 1943, the war took a terrible turn for them. While on patrol deep in enemy waters, their submarine, the USS Grenadier, was torpedoed and sent crashing to the ocean floor. Listed as lost in action and given up for dead, all four had in fact miraculously escaped the ship, only to be captured by the Japanese. The four men spent the next two and a half years as POWs, enduring barbaric torture and starvation, unable to communicate with their wives and families. When they were freed, they were forced to find a new kind of resilience as they struggled to resume their lives in a world that seemed to have forgotten them. In Bob's case, it would be more than thirty years before he was reunited with the love of his life-the wife who had left him for a well-bred naval officer after he came back from the war. By turns panoramic and intimate, No Ordinary Joes shows us, through the lives of four "ordinary" men who endured extraordinary circumstances, the tragedy of war and its aftermath, and the restorative power of love.

Their names were Bob Palmer, Gordy Cox, Tim McCoy, and Chuck Vervalin, and in 1941, when they joined the navy, they were not trying to prove their patriotism-they were just looking for a job that would provide "three hots and a cot." But on April 22, 1943, the war took a terrible turn for them. While on patrol deep in enemy waters, their submarine, the USS Grenadier, was torpedoed and sent crashing to the ocean floor. Listed as lost in action and given up for dead, all four had in fact miraculously escaped the ship, only to be captured by the Japanese. The four men spent the next two and a half years as POWs, enduring barbaric torture and starvation, unable to communicate with their wives and families. When they were freed, they were forced to find a new kind of resilience as they struggled to resume their lives in a world that seemed to have forgotten them. In Bob's case, it would be more than thirty years before he was reunited with the love of his life-the wife who had left him for a well-bred naval officer after he came back from the war. By turns panoramic and intimate, No Ordinary Joes shows us, through the lives of four "ordinary" men who endured extraordinary circumstances, the tragedy of war and its aftermath, and the restorative power of love.
More Information

Genres:

History

Description:

Their names were Bob Palmer, Gordy Cox, Tim McCoy, and Chuck Vervalin, and in 1941, when they joined the navy, they were not trying to prove their patriotism-they were just looking for a job that would provide "three hots and a cot." But on April 22, 1943, the war took a terrible turn for them. While on patrol deep in enemy waters, their submarine, the USS Grenadier, was torpedoed and sent crashing to the ocean floor. Listed as lost in action and given up for dead, all four had in fact miraculously escaped the ship, only to be captured by the Japanese. The four men spent the next two and a half years as POWs, enduring barbaric torture and starvation, unable to communicate with their wives and families. When they were freed, they were forced to find a new kind of resilience as they struggled to resume their lives in a world that seemed to have forgotten them. In Bob's case, it would be more than thirty years before he was reunited with the love of his life-the wife who had left him for a well-bred naval officer after he came back from the war. By turns panoramic and intimate, No Ordinary Joes shows us, through the lives of four "ordinary" men who endured extraordinary circumstances, the tragedy of war and its aftermath, and the restorative power of love.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Fass

Length:

12h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

12:58


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

23:18


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

22:23


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

17:33


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

20:55


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

31:51


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

24:36


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

20:22


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

33:46


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

18:20


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

11:36


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

10:58


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

15:05


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

06:12


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

05:38


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

07:32


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

09:26


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

08:39


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

08:20


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

08:04


Part 5, Chapter 20
Part 5, Chapter 20

07:55


Part 5, Chapter 21
Part 5, Chapter 21

05:28


Part 5, Chapter 22
Part 5, Chapter 22

04:30


Part 5, Chapter 23
Part 5, Chapter 23

05:05


Part 5, Chapter 24
Part 5, Chapter 24

04:14


Part 6, Chapter 25
Part 6, Chapter 25

05:51


Part 6, Chapter 26
Part 6, Chapter 26

05:49


Part 6, Chapter 27
Part 6, Chapter 27

09:38


Part 6, Chapter 28
Part 6, Chapter 28

12:04


Part 6, Chapter 29
Part 6, Chapter 29

22:56


Part 6, Chapter 30
Part 6, Chapter 30

24:29


Part 6, Chapter 31
Part 6, Chapter 31

14:27


Part 6, Chapter 32
Part 6, Chapter 32

10:21


Part 6, Chapter 33
Part 6, Chapter 33

05:45


Part 6, Chapter 34
Part 6, Chapter 34

13:37


Part 6, Chapter 35
Part 6, Chapter 35

19:27


Part 6, Chapter 36
Part 6, Chapter 36

15:40


Part 7, Chapter 37
Part 7, Chapter 37

14:36


Part 7, Chapter 38
Part 7, Chapter 38

12:44


Part 7, Chapter 39
Part 7, Chapter 39

03:37


Part 7, Chapter 40
Part 7, Chapter 40

17:11


Part 7, Chapter 41
Part 7, Chapter 41

06:17


Part 8, Chapter 42
Part 8, Chapter 42

09:36


Part 8, Chapter 43
Part 8, Chapter 43

11:20


Part 8, Chapter 44
Part 8, Chapter 44

16:10


Part 8, Chapter 45
Part 8, Chapter 45

18:23


Part 8, Chapter 46
Part 8, Chapter 46

09:17


Part 9, Chapter 47
Part 9, Chapter 47

28:42


Part 9, Chapter 48
Part 9, Chapter 48

24:34


Part 9, Chapter 49
Part 9, Chapter 49

24:39


Part 9, Chapter 50
Part 9, Chapter 50

41:44


Part 9, Chapter 51
Part 9, Chapter 51

13:47


Part 9, Chapter 52
Part 9, Chapter 52

11:30


Part 9, Chapter 53
Part 9, Chapter 53

00:23