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Reminiscences of Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, U.S. Navy (Retired).

release date: Jan 01, 1983
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Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley's Diary as Commander, Schooner Lanikai, U.S. Navy, World War II.

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Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley's Diary as Commander, Schooner Lanikai, U.S. Navy, World War II.
Diary from December 5, 1941 through March 18, 1942.

Yangtze Patrol

release date: Jan 01, 2000
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Yangtze Patrol
The U.S. Navy's patrol of the Yangtze River began in 1854 when the USS Susquehanna was sent to China to safeguard increasing American commerce in the region. As Kemp Tolley explains in this entertaining history of the patrol in which he was to later serve, the presence of gunboats along the river greatly benefited the integrity of the shoreline factories. Tolley was a young naval officer in the 1930s when assigned gunboat duty, first in the Mindanao, then in the Tutuila, and finally the Wake in August 1941. His colorful description of life as a "river rat" is filled with anecdotes about the resourceful and high-spirited sailors who manned the old riverboats in that distant land. In the process of telling their story he covers a century of Chinese history, replete with warlords and mandarins, bandits and kidnappers, missionaries and mercenaries, riots and revolution. He presents a knowledgeable summary of the political situation in China up to World War II, including the bombing of the Panay, the siege of Shanghai, and the Nanking incident. Far more than a routine account of naval operations on the great Yangtze, this book is an unforgettable reading experience that has attracted readers since 1971 when it was first published in hardcover.

Cruise of the Lanikai

release date: Jan 01, 2002
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Cruise of the Lanikai
Tolley's description of the Lanikai's four thousand-mile odyssey to escape the Japanese ranks with the best of sea tales."--BOOK JACKET.

Oral History Typescript Entitled "Reminiscences of RADM Kemp Tolley"

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Oral History Typescript Entitled "Reminiscences of RADM Kemp Tolley"
In Vol. 1, Tolley's naval career is covered to the eve of WWII. It includes information on his ship assignments and service with the Asiatic Fleet, in USS MINDANAO, intelligence assignments and fascination with things Russian.

Caviar and Commissars

release date: Jan 01, 2003
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Caviar and Commissars
Gifted storyteller Kemp Tolley guides readers through the lively world of a young naval attaché in Moscow from 1942 to 1944. His absorbing tale describes the adventures of a thirty-day journey on a trans-Siberian train, the success of a long-sought-after inspection of a Soviet warship viewed through the haze of innumerable Vodka toasts, and the unease of state banquets with Stalin and Churchill. It also provides dramatic evidence of the contrasts of Soviet life with descriptions of elegant nights at the ballet accompanied by a beautiful agente provocatrice and memories of starving stevedores wolfing down scraps of raw meat thrown out by American ships. Filled with clever one-liners and complemented by numerous period photographs culled from the author's own collection, this reminiscence has enjoyed great appeal, since first published on 1983, with readers who like adventure and have an interest in the behind-the-scenes activities of the U.S. Navy and Soviet Union in the early 1940s.

The Strange Assignment of USS Lanikai

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Yangtze Patrol

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Cruise of the Lanikai

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The Strange Mission of the Lanikai

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The Strange Mission of the Lanikai
On December 1, 1941 the U.S.S. Lanikai is given secret orders from President Roosevelt to be opened only when they were out of Manila Bay.
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