Moon Men Return

Moon Men Return

USS Hornet and the Recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts

eBook - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
In an account that includes previously unpublished photos and behind-the-scenes stories from 80 men who served aboard the recovery vessel, the USS Hornet, the author describes the exciting splashdown and recovery of Apollo 11, which had just returned from its historic moon mission.

Perseus Publishing
The splashdown and recovery of Apollo 11 on 24 July 1969 was a historic event, which fulfilled President John F. Kennedy s national goal of placing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth by the end of the 1960s. This book tells the dramatic story of the USS Hornet s recovery of the astronauts after the splashdown of their command module. This detailed account draws not only on historical records but also on the memories of eighty men who served aboard the Hornet and participated in the recovery operation, including Navy UDT frogman John M. Wolfram, who was the first to reach the Apollo II astronauts. Their inside account offers deck-level perspectives of events and includes details never before documented for the public. Their stories reveal that although the recovery operation looked easy and uneventful, there were many problems to overcome. For example, a machinist s mate had to repair a broken propeller shaft while the ship was underway so the Hornet could reach the point of splashdown on time; storms forced the ship to navigate by dead reckoning placing it miles away from its destination just minutes before Apollo came down; and a HS-4 helicopter narrowly avoided colliding with the command module due to heavy cloud cover. Yet, according to the author, the VIPs on the Hornet never suspected anything amiss. In addition to these behind-the-scenes stories, the book includes a never before published photograph of the Apollo 11 command module as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Previously known only to those associated with the Navy SEAL who took the photo, the author established its authenticity through interviews with those on the helicopter and those who processed the photograph on the Hornet. Other photographs not previously released to the public, including surface-level photos taken by UDT swimmers during the recovery procedure are also among the illustrations displayed in the book.


Book News
Carmichael takes the reader aboard the USS Hornet, a much storied and decorated WWII aircraft carrier, as plans unfold to recover the Apollo 11 astronauts. This is the historic moment that completes President Kennedy's goal of sending men to the moon and back by the end of the 1960s. Splashdown itself, on a late July day in 1969, looked easy and uneventful but Carmichael goes behind the scene where an emergency repair, storms, complicating cloud cover and other quirks heighten the drama of an already tricky achievement. There's much that the VIPs of the day never suspected, and that readers will learn here for the first time. This book tells a good story while saluteing those who were there in the early days of a new era. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Naval Inst Pr
This book documents the role played by USS Hornet (CVS-12) in the recovery of the Apollo 11 Command Module after its splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on 24 July 1969. The book covers a period of time leading up to the recovery of Apollo 11, from approximately 5 June - 24 July 1969, during which crewmen of USS Hornet plus specialized NASA and DoD spaceflight recovery units prepared for the recovery operation. It offers a detailed account of those preparations, drawn from both historical records and the personal memories of 80 men who served on board USS Hornet and directly participated in the recovery operation. The purpose of this book is to document for future generations the Navy's role in the successful final phase of the historic flight of Apollo 11 - the manned spaceflight which culminated in man's first walk upon another celestial body, the moon.

Blackwell Publishing
"Scott's book documents in fine detail the role played by professional sailors of the United States Navy during the final phase of our historic flight---the recovery of the Command Module Columbia after splashdown! They were terrific. Read the story in their own words, just as it happened."Buzz Aldrin, Apollo II Lunar Module pilot

"The last vital step in the journey of Apollo II: getting Columbia aboard Hornet, described with great precision. It brings back many fond memories of a great recovery team."Majgen Michael collins, USAF (Rel.), Apollo II Command Module pilot

"This is a detailed, insightful, and informative account of the return and retrieval of the Apollo II astronauts and their space capsule. The book accurately relates both the facts and the atmosphere aboard the Hornet. I know. I was there, as an NBC News correspondent on the ship."Ron Nessen, formr NBC News correspondent and former White House press secretary, 1974-1977

"Carmichael's new book is a great read as he tells our story the way it happened in fine detail. Under NASA's careful direction, failure was not an option and Scott captures those times perfectly as we made our preparation to recover three brave American heroes coming in from harm's way having risked their lives taking the `giant leap for all mankind.' Those who were honored to be part of their return and are remembered in Scott's wonderful book will never forget that moment, and now, neither will you."CDR Clancy Haileberg, USN (Ret), former OIC of the Navy swimmer recovery teams and decontamination swimmer

The splashdown and recovery of Apollo 11 on 24 July 1969 was a historic event that fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's national goal of placing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth by the end of the 1960s. This book tells the dramatic story of the USS Hornet's recovery of the astronauts after the splashdown of their command module. This detailed account draws not only on historical records, but also on the memories of eighty men who served on board the Hornet and participated in the recovery operation, including Navy UDT frogman John M. Wolfram, who was the first to reach the Apollo 11 astronauts. Their inside account offers deck-level perspectives of events and includes details never before documented for the public. Their stories reveal that although the recovery operation looked easy and uneventful, there were many problems to overcome. For example, a machinist's mate had to repair a broken propeller shaft while the ship was under way so the Hornet could reach the point of splashdown on time; storms forced the ship to navigate by dead reckoning, placing it miles away from its destination just minutes before Apollo came down; and an HS-4 helicopter narrowly avoided colliding with the command module due to heavy cloud cover. Yet according to the author, the VIPs in the Hornet never suspected that anything was amiss.

In addition to these behind-the-scenes stories, the book includes a never before published photograph of the Apollo 11 command module as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Previously known only to those associated with the Navy SEAL who took the photo, the author established its authenticity through interviews with those on the helicopter and those who processed the photograph on the Hornet. Other photographs not previously released to the public, including surface-level photos taken by UDT swimmers during the recovery procedure, are also among the illustrations displayed in the book.

NavPress
This book documents the role played by USS Hornet (CVS-12) in the recovery of the Apollo 11 Command Module after its splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on 24 July 1969. The book covers a period of time leading up to the recovery of Apollo 11, from approximately 5 June - 24 July 1969, during which crewmen of USS Hornet plus specialized NASA and DoD spaceflight recovery units prepared for the recovery operation. It offers a detailed account of those preparations, drawn from both historical records and the personal memories of 80 men who served on board USS Hornet and directly participated in the recovery operation. The purpose of this book is to document for future generations the Navy's role in the successful final phase of the historic flight of Apollo 11 - the manned spaceflight which culminated in man's first walk upon another celestial body, the moon.

Publisher: Annopolis : Naval Institute Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781612512525
1612512526
9781591141105
1591141109
Characteristics: 1 online resource (264 pages)

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