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The Jersey Brothers - A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home-logo

The Jersey Brothers - A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home

Sally Mott Freeman

The extraordinary, real-life adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II and their mad race to change history—and save one of their own. They are three brothers, all Navy men, who end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war’s most crucial moments. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to run his first Map Room in Washington. Benny is the gunnery and anti-aircraft officer on the USS Enterprise, one of the only carriers to escape Pearl Harbor and by the end of 1942 the last one left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest and least distinguished of the three, is shuffled off to the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm’s way. But this protection plan backfires when Barton is sent to the Philippines and listed as missing-in-action after a Japanese attack. Now it is up to Bill and Benny to find and rescue him. Based on ten years of research drawn from archives around the world, interviews with fellow shipmates and POWs, and primary sources including diaries, unpublished memoirs, and letters half-forgotten in basements, The Jersey Brothers is a remarkable story of agony and triumph—from the home front to Roosevelt’s White House, and Pearl Harbor to Midway and Bataan. It is the story, written with intimate, novelistic detail, of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the Japanese do everything short of killing him. And it is, above all, a story of brotherly love: of three men finding their loyalty to each other tested under the tortures of war—and knowing that their success or failure to save their youngest brother will shape their family forever.

The extraordinary, real-life adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II and their mad race to change history—and save one of their own. They are three brothers, all Navy men, who end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war’s most crucial moments. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to run his first Map Room in Washington. Benny is the gunnery and anti-aircraft officer on the USS Enterprise, one of the only carriers to escape Pearl Harbor and by the end of 1942 the last one left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest and least distinguished of the three, is shuffled off to the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm’s way. But this protection plan backfires when Barton is sent to the Philippines and listed as missing-in-action after a Japanese attack. Now it is up to Bill and Benny to find and rescue him. Based on ten years of research drawn from archives around the world, interviews with fellow shipmates and POWs, and primary sources including diaries, unpublished memoirs, and letters half-forgotten in basements, The Jersey Brothers is a remarkable story of agony and triumph—from the home front to Roosevelt’s White House, and Pearl Harbor to Midway and Bataan. It is the story, written with intimate, novelistic detail, of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the Japanese do everything short of killing him. And it is, above all, a story of brotherly love: of three men finding their loyalty to each other tested under the tortures of war—and knowing that their success or failure to save their youngest brother will shape their family forever.
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The extraordinary, real-life adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II and their mad race to change history—and save one of their own. They are three brothers, all Navy men, who end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war’s most crucial moments. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to run his first Map Room in Washington. Benny is the gunnery and anti-aircraft officer on the USS Enterprise, one of the only carriers to escape Pearl Harbor and by the end of 1942 the last one left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest and least distinguished of the three, is shuffled off to the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm’s way. But this protection plan backfires when Barton is sent to the Philippines and listed as missing-in-action after a Japanese attack. Now it is up to Bill and Benny to find and rescue him. Based on ten years of research drawn from archives around the world, interviews with fellow shipmates and POWs, and primary sources including diaries, unpublished memoirs, and letters half-forgotten in basements, The Jersey Brothers is a remarkable story of agony and triumph—from the home front to Roosevelt’s White House, and Pearl Harbor to Midway and Bataan. It is the story, written with intimate, novelistic detail, of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the Japanese do everything short of killing him. And it is, above all, a story of brotherly love: of three men finding their loyalty to each other tested under the tortures of war—and knowing that their success or failure to save their youngest brother will shape their family forever.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

18h 42m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

48:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

37:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

36:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

48:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

36:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

33:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

23:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

46:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

29:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

35:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

39:23


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

47:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

38:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

44:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

28:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:01:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

42:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:59