Valor and Courage

“In Valor and Courage, Dr. Benjamin Hruska tackles a daunting task–the full story of two WW II escort aircraft carriers bearing the same name. Thus, ‘Fighting Block Island’ became a byword for the ‘baby flattops’ that fought Germany in the Atlantic and Japan in the Pacific. But far more than ships and aircraft, Valor and Courage properly focuses on the men of both vessels who remain an inspiration for their current heirs operating nuclear-powered descendants and supersonic jets.”
—Barrett Tillman, author of On Wave and Wing: The 100-Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier

This book can be purchased from the University of Alabama Press’s website. Copies will be in print at the start of July 2021.