My Carrier War

My Carrier War

by Norman Berg, Norman Berg

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From his days as a Naval aviation cadet learning his trade aboard the Yellow Peril biplane trainers in 1942, to his first bombing runs on Guadalcanal, to life aboard an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific, Norman Berg offers a fast-paced narrative filled with humor and meticulous attention to detail. Much more than a simple WWII memoir, this story goes beyond the action of battle to explore one young, wartime couple's struggle to balance love, duty, and their commitment to each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555716196
Publisher: Hellgate Press
Publication date: 06/01/2001
Series: Hellgate Memories Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 7.72(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Norman E. Berg served as a carrier pilot from 1942-45, and again during the Korean Conflict. He retired with the rank of Captain in 1966, and served as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He is the author of Regret To Inform You: Experiences of Families Who Lost a Family Member in Vietnam. Norman currently lives in Huguenot, NY. He currently lives in New York.

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My Carrier War 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Carrier War by Norman E. Berg is an absorbing page-turner. This memoir widens the angle of view, to provide intimate pictures of carrier life, what it took to be a naval pilot, a personal view of combat from the air, and the interrupted domestic life of a flier in wartime. There is a wealth of detail that gives the reader a sense of active participation in the story. It is told with zest and humanity, in an engaging style that grabs your attention and makes you wonder what is coming next. The book is well-illustrated with photos and maps of the Pacific theater. Some things don't change: personal challenges, mastery through hard work, falling in love, the fears and accomplishments brought on by war and separation, sacrifice for one's country, comradeship, respect of one's foes, adapting to technology, and personal growth. They are all here, and the story is as relevant in today's wartime as it was sixty years ago. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Captain Berg tells a story from his heart of how his patriotic feelings conflicted with his new family life and how he as a newly minted pilot conquered his fears flying his torpedo bomber aggrresively during two long tours in the Pacific during the early and darkest hours of the war that affected and changed not only America but the entire world. Berg is truly one of the 'Greatest Generation' and we are lucky for his service to country and to hear his own story spoken from the cockpit of his torpedo bomber. A great WW 2 story. Eugene A. Olsen, Capt, USMM (ret)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A refreshingly honest look at combat missions, complete with the oft-neglected expressions of doubt, love, pride and fear of a military man's experience during WWII. A beautiful love story, and a commanding presentation of what really goes on behind the faces of war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you, like I, grew up always wondering: 'What did you do in the war?' of your parents or grandparents; then you can receive no better answer than Capt. Norman Berg's new memoir 'My Carrier War' Hellgate Press, 2001. Using a three track technique, Capt. Berg tells the parallel love stories of wooing and winning his wife Jean, and the trials of a young man's passage from insecure youth into professional manhood as a Naval Aviator; with a third track as a first person commentary of his thoughts and feelings about these competing loves. It may sound confusing; but is masterfully realized by Capt. Berg. I love to read first person accounts and oral histories; and this is top-of-the-mark excellent. We boomers sometimes forget the humanness of our Greatest Generation relatives, but reading this book brings my parent's youth into a clearer perspective. This is the best kind of history; and I really give it 4 & 3/4 stars; but the machine doesn't let me; as close to perfect as I have seen! Read, (no,BUY) it today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's unusual about Mr. Berg's story is that he speaks of his fears and uncertainties in his experiences during the war years; in training, combat and his personal life. Most accounts of that era do not address these self doubts. He overcomes them to become a top Navy pilot. His is an honest and revealing account.