“LEYTE GULF: The DEATH Of The PRINCETON” By Edwin P. Hoyt. The USS Princeton (CVL-23) was a 13,000-ton Independence-class aircraft carrier. On October 20, 1944 Princeton was part of Task Group 38.3, cruising off the island of Luzon. Taking part of the massive Allied invasion of Leyte Gulf, her planes flew against nearby Japanese airfields to prevent attacks on Allied ships. On the the morning of October 24th, the Japanese found the American carrier and shortly before 10:00 a.m. Princeton was attacked. The lone enemy dive bomber dropped a single 500 pound bomb, which struck the carriers’ flight deck. A fire instantly erupted and quickly caused further explosions. The cruiser USS Birmingham (CL-62) came alongside the doomed Princeton to assist. But when the carrier suffered another large internal explosion, 85 men aboard the Birmingham were killed. 108 men from the Princeton were lost in the attack, 10 officers and 98 enlisted men. Another 300 aboard Birmingham were wounded. Here is the entire tragic story of the loss of the USS Princeton. A very rare book, never published in a hardback edition. 1972 Softbound edition, 158 pages, 37 black and white photos, no maps or index.
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Edwin Palmer Hoyt was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 5, 1923, to the publisher Edwin Hoyt (1897–1979) and his wife, the former Cecile DeVore (1901–1970). Young 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.
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