In he wrote Crossing the Line , which was published by the Naval Institute Press, and is quite simply the best firsthand memoir of the Pacific War I have ever read.
As you might expect from his academic credentials it provides a well-written story of a dirt-poor Depression era boy's experiences as an enlisted man in the Navy, from combat to shipboard life to what life when off the ship was like. His Forrest Gump -like experiences at Pearl Harbor, Midway, Santa Cruz and with the first night fighter squadrons are just incredible to read. In McKernan's memoirs were republished by Yale as part of their Library of Military History series, and the next year he added an analysis of the U. This second book is particularly valuable because of when it came out as well.
Battle of Midway
Earlier accounts of the American side of the battles were hamstrung by not having the then-classified information reflecting the US carriers' tactical plan for the day Enterprise and Hornet were cocked and locked to attack as soon as the Japanese carriers were sighted, with Yorktown deliberately held in reserve - that was not known for at least half a century , as well as by the almost complete dearth of action report-type information from the Hornet's squadrons.
It took decades for historians like McKernan to reconstruct what actually happened to Torpedo 8 and and Bombing and Scouting 8, but by the pieces were available to tell the story that Hornet's captain Marc Mitscher and particularly its air group commander Stanhope Ring apparently did not want told.
So while Crossing is an invaluable memoir, Unknown is a useful addition to the Midway corpus, and actually a good short study of the tactics on the US side. Occasionally we are fortunate to have someone there when history is made who is observant and able to feed their experiences directly into the historical record. McKernan is the best example of this I have yet encountered.
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Of the 51 planes sent to attack Japanese carriers only 7 returned, and of the aircrew only 29 survived. Not a single torpedo hit its target.
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A story of avoidable mistakes and flawed planning, The Unknown Battle of Midway reveals the enormous failures that led to the destruction of four torpedo squadrons but were omitted from official naval reports: the planes that ran out of gas, the torpedoes that didnt work, the pilots who had never dropped torpedoes and the breakdown of the attack plan. Alvin Kernan, who was present at the battle, has written a troubling but persuasive analysis of these and other little-publicised aspects of this great battle.