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FIGHTING AMPHIBS fills a gap in World War II naval history. It is the story of 130 gunboats (Landing Craft Support, Large) to which historians have never given adequate recognition. LCSs were built in 1944 to support invasions with massive rocket fire, which they did successfully a number of times in the Philippines, Borneo, Iwo Jima & Okinawa. However LCSs also proved to be among the most useful naval vessels in the Pacific & were nicknamed the "Mighty Midgets" at Okinawa, where they served on radar picket stations. There they destroyed scores of kamikaze planes, extinguished fires on 20 ships, kept stricken ships afloat, cared for hundreds of wounded, & rescued over 2,600 men from drowning. And they rendered valuable services in other areas as well. What makes this war chronicle vivid as well as heartwarming & even at times humorous is that much of the story is told in the words of men who lived it. Using sources from Navy records & correspondence, Mr. Ball includes over a hundred quotations by the sailors involved, along with 51 illustrations. To order send $19.95 to Mill Neck Publications, 1 Cole Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Virginia residents add .90 sales tax.