Due to Enemy Action

The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56

This World War II story, which spans generations and straddles two centuries, begins with the dramatic Battle of the Atlantic in the 1940s and doesn’t conclude until 57 years later. Told in the same character-driven narrative nonfiction style asDark Tide, it is a saga of the courageous survival of ordinary sailors after their ship was torpedoed, and the memories that haunted them after the U.S. Navy buried the truth at war’s end. Based on previously classified government documents, military records, personal interviews with widows and survivors, and letters between crew members and their families, Due to Enemy Action is the story of a small subchaser, the Eagle 56, caught in the crosshairs of a German U-boat, whose brazen commander doomed his own 55-man crew. It also describes the final chapter in the Battle of the Atlantic, tracing the epic struggle that began with shocking U-boat attacks against defenseless merchant ships off American shores and ends with the last sinking of an American warship — the Eagle 56 — by a German submarine.

Steve Puleo donates a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of juvenile (type 1) diabetes research worldwide. To learn more, visit www.JDRF.org.