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The Mathews Men: the War Against Hitler's U-Boats- a presentation by Bill Geroux
Join the Town of Duck and Duck's Cottage for a fascinating afternoon of WW2 history as told by William Geroux, author of The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats. Mathews County, Virginia, sent more men off to serve in the Merchant Marines during World War II than almost any other place in the country. As such, they quickly became the front line against Hitler's U-Boat campaign off America's coasts and suffered twice the fatality rate as that of the US Navy. Geroux unearthed this story and undertook exhaustive research in order to tell the stories of the men of Mathews. He uncovered previously unseen photographs- like this one of 7 men whose boat was sunk by a U-boat. The Germans had nowhere to put these men aboard their ship and so placed them on this raft setting them adrift. The men were never seen again. Geroux is a career journalist and has crafted a very well-written, highly readable account of a time period that brought the war to within sight of our shores. He is an engaging speaker and offers a presentation that leaves audiences captivated and educated. Mr. Geroux's book has just been released in paperback and will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the event. Books may also be ordered online and signed copies will be shipped after the event.
Vividly drawn and emotionally gripping, " The Mathews Men" shines a light on the mostly forgotten but astonishing role the U.S. Merchant Marine played in winning World War II. It brings back to life a breed of men who repeatedly risk all for their country. It chronicles the sagas of families that stoically endured heartrending losses. It honors a community that pulled together to support its sons as they set out again and again on deadly seas. And it reminds us how much we owe to the legions of ordinary Americans who quite literally saved the civilized world in the 1940s.
Daniel James Brown, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of" The Boys in the Boat
William Geroux has written a classic American tale, a gripping story of courageous everyday heroes facing death in World War II.
James Bradley, author of "Flags of Our Fathers
When a reporter who writes as elegantly as Geroux unearths such a dramatic and untold story, he must feel as if he has hit the motherlode. With The Mathews Men, Geroux gives us a rollicking read that plunges you into the middle of the ocean and seduces you into caring for the storys heroic seafarers. This is both a terrific and terrifying blow-by-blow of the actions of the sailors of the U.S. Merchant Marine as they dodged deadly U-Boats during the course of World War II and who, as Lincoln put it, too often made the ultimate sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, co-authors of "Halsey s Typhoon" and "The Heart of Everything That Is"
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
1200 Duck Road
Duck, NC 27949