A rare glimpse of the horror of warfare is now told through the eyes of a brave and inexperienced young sailor in his memoir, I Remember the Yorktown. In his account of the famous World War II Battle of the Coral Sea, Gene Domienik gives readers an inside glimpse of what it was like on this carrier – the pervading atmosphere, the overconfidence of the crew, the anxiety and fear generated by limited information, and the heroic response of everyone aboard once the call to action came.
The Battle of the Coral Sea is a famous moment in the history of air and seapower. It was a major turning point in World War II, told as only someone who had experienced it could convey. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in World War II, great naval battles of the past, and particularly for sailors and airmen of today.
Gene Domienik joined the Navy at seventeen years of age. He served on two ships, the USS Yorktown and the USS West Virginia. During his Navy career he was awarded The American Theater Ribbon; Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 7 stars; Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 stars; American Defense Ribbon with “A,” and a Good Conduct medal.
The recollections of a veteran of WWII, who enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and was assigned to the USS Yorktown (CV-5) while it was still on the East Coast. He’d just graduated from Navy Machinist School and served in M Division (main propulsion) on an aircraft carrier which was in combat in the Pacific during the early years of the war–damaged in the Battle of the Coral Sea, and lost in the Battle of Midway.
If you’d like to know what it was like for enlisted men on that very important ship during combat, and even during times between battles, Mr. Domienik’s story certainly reveals those.
I had an uncle on the same ship, so it was fascinating for me.
One can also get an idea of what it was like on the Yorktown by visiting the second Yorktown, which is on display at Patriot’s Point, Mount Pleasant, SC. (Also other WWII and later warships.) Thanks for sharing about this first-hand account.
Thanks for sharing about the book, Joy!
This sounds like a very good book! (He was so young at the time! A seventeen-year-old is still a child.)
Donald Wilson was 17 when he joined the Navy in 1934. That’s why his dad had to sign for him.
When my daughter reached the age that young people can be sent into combat was when the youth of some of the soliders and sailors fighting in our country’s wars really hit me.