The Destroyer Killer – By Edwin P. Hoyt


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“The DESTROYER KILLER” By Edwin P. Hoyt. Foreword by Vice Admiral Ralph W. Christie, USN (Ret.). From the author of “Bowfin,” “Submarines At War” and many other great World War II naval books. This is true story of Commander Sam Dealey and the men of the submarine USS Harder (SS-257). Dealey earned the title ‘Destroyer Killer’ after sinking five Japanese destroyers during one of his many successful Pacific patrols. For his amazing achievements Dealey was decorated with four Navy Crosses. In August 1944 Harder was lost with all hands–Commander Dealey was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. This is the first and only edition of this very scarce book. It was never published in a hardback. 1989 first Paperback edition with very impressive color artwork on the cover. 222 pages, no photos maps or index. Upper left and lower left cover has been torn and repaired with tape, see above photo. Inside in very nice condition.

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The Author:

Edwin Palmer Hoyt was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 5, 1923, to the publisher Edwin Palmer Hoyt and his wife, the former Cecile DeVore. Edwin became an American writer who specialized in military history. Until 1958, Hoyt worked in news media, after which he produced some 200 works of non-fiction titles.

In 1943, Hoyt’s father, then the editor and publisher of The Oregonian, was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the director of the Domestic Branch, Office of War Information. The younger Hoyt served with the Office of War Information during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. In 1945 and 1946, he served as a foreign correspondent for The Denver Post (of which his father became editor and publisher in 1946) and the United Press, reporting from locations in China, Thailand, Burma, India, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and Korea.

Edwin Hoyt subsequently worked as an ABC broadcaster, covering the 1948 revolution in Czechoslovakia and the Arab-Israeli conflict. From 1949 to 1951, he was the editor of the editorial page at The Denver Post. He was the editor and publisher of the Colorado Springs Free Press from 1951 to 1955, and an associate editor of Collier’s Weekly in New York from 1955 to 1956. In 1957 he was a television producer and writer-director at CBS, and in 1958 he was an assistant publisher of American Heritage magazine in New York.

Starting in 1958, Hoyt became a writer full-time, and for a few years (1976 to 1980) served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Hawaii. In the 40 years since his first publication in 1960, he produced nearly 200 published works. While Hoyt wrote about 20 novels (many published under pseudonyms Christopher Martin and Cabot L. Forbes), the vast majority of his works are biographies and other forms of non-fiction, with a heavy emphasis on World War II military history.

After a prolonged illness, Edwin P. Hoyt died in Tokyo, Japan on July 29, 2005, he was 81 years old. Hoyt was survived by his wife Hiroko, of Tokyo, and three children, Diana, Helga, and Christopher, all residing in the United States.



Other books of interest:

Back From The Deep



Clear The Bridge!

Cruisers For Breakfast

The Destroyer Killer

Eight Survived

Final Dive

Find ‘Em, Chase ‘Em, Sink ‘Em

Full Fathom Five

Overdue And Presumed Lost

Return From The River Kwai


Silent Running

The Silent Service

Silent Victory

Submarine Admiral

Submarine Commander

Submarine Diary

Sub Duty

Submarine Grayback

Take Her Deep

The Terrible Hours

Through Hell And Deep Water

Undersea Victory


Wake Of The Wahoo

War Beneath The Waves

War Fish

U.S. Submarine Losses

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