[Washington, DC]: Released for Publication by the Navy Department, nd [ca.1945]. First edition. Oblong 4to. 46 pp., mostly illustrations from black and white photographs, all well-captioned, color map and plate for unit citation, black and white cartoons. The photographs record “something of how we lived, what we saw, and what we did” aboard the "Can Do" (U.S.S. Guadalcanal), Captain D.V. Gallery, Jr., Commanding Officer, during World War II. Scenes include ship repairs, deck work, sinking of submarines, taking prisoners, liberty, and group portraits of crew members, among others. Launched in June, 1943, the U.S.S. Guadalcanal saw important service in the north Atlantic during the war, capturing a U-boat in the process, "the first capture on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since 1815" (caption). OCLC locates 10 copies. Small ownership stamp on first page, with 1947 accession note, small typed note giving previous owner's name taped to front pastedown (though whether a serviceman is unclear); a little adhesion damage to two leaves, but a very good copy. Original gilt-stamped navy textured cloth (spine ends lightly frayed, corners bumped), paper pictorial onlay of the ship on upper cover (rubbed). (7173). Item #59011

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