Hadley Book 

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The complete story of the USS Hadley published in 2014 with the book “Kamikaze Destroyer” by Jeffrey R. Veesenmeyer. In 2017 Veesenmeyer published a companion book with new information about the Hadley. “Kamikaze Terror” expands on stories about the air/sea battles at Okinawa.


    On 11 May 1945 the USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD-774) made naval history. Learn how the Hadley downed 23 kamikazes, endured 5 hits, suffered 151 casualties and survived a typhoon while being towed 6,100 miles home. “Kamikaze Destroyer” describes the Hadley’s participation in the epic air/sea battle at Okinawa.  Details about the battle and the crew’s 385 day journey are told through interviews with many Hadley shipmates. “Kamikaze Terror” tells more stories from sailors serving on the Hadley and dozens of other ships.  

  • Read the personal accounts of shipmates – taken from their interviews and diaries. 
  • Feel the pride crewmembers had for each other and their ship.   
  • Discover why kamikaze pilots volunteered to become a human bomb.
  • Learn how the Battle of Okinawa helped end the war. 
  • Find out how declassified naval documents have corrected battle action reports.

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Author, Jeffrey R. Veesenmeyer began researching this book to learn more about his uncle, who was killed on the Hadley. He discovered a story about a ship and a crew that needed to be told. More importantly, it was a story that surviving Hadley shipmates and their families wanted told. 

While researching “Kamikaze Destroyer” many new stories were uncovered. A second book was needed to complete the Hadley legend. “Kamikaze Terror” is that book. The front cover painting is “Hell Over the Hadley” by Marc Stewart. The back cover features Stewart’s “Kamikazes Over the Evans.”


Now, this incredible story is available in two books, with hundreds of photos, maps, paintings and biographies of shipmates.   

How to order – All books ordered from the author will be signed by Jeff Veesenmeyer. Click on the order form link below to print out an updated copy for odering either book.

 

 

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