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by Weymouth D. Symmes

Roy F. Hoffmann enlisted in the U.S. Navy in World War II, was called back to serve when the Korean War broke out, and was aboard the USS Pirate (AM 275) when it struck a mine and sank in less than four minutes in Wonsan Harbor.
Download This is Latch: The Story of Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann epub
ISBN: 1575101378
ISBN13: 978-1575101378
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Weymouth D. Symmes
Language: English
Publisher: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co. (October 1, 2007)
Pages: 544 pages
ePUB size: 1239 kb
FB2 size: 1141 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 184
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Admiral Roy Hoffmann is an exceptional man. He epitomizes to me the very finest attributes in Naval tradition that few have continually put in practice throughout their lives. I served under "Latch" in Vietnam for a short period of time. He was intense, straightforward and ferocious. I sincerely wish that more than a fraction of Officers of all Services had his honesty and integrity. The author knows his subject and conveys it well; I rarely put the book down in the several days it took me to read it. Strongly recommended to the student of Naval history particlarly into the insights on mine warfare in Korea and in Vietnam. Eye opener on the conduct of John Kerry in Vietnam. Also , a fine primer on how an outstanding Officer conducts himself as Commanding Officer of a warship.
I was on board w/Roy Hoffman in CF Adams. I was in Vietnam when he was. His leadership there turned the war around as we finally aggressively chased the VC. But his greatest contribution to his countrymen was to prevent John Kerry from becoming president. A factual, well written, honest book if there ever was one!
Well written book about the life and times of a fine naval officer. Any past, present or future member of the military should read this book and gain insight on what it takes to be a very good officer and defender of our country as well as the people under his command.
The book written by Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann is a inspiration to all who have served in the Military. One of a Great American Admiral.
Author Weymouth D. Symmes has captured so much more than just the story of Admiral Roy Hoffman in his biography "This is Latch". This book weaves in the social, military and political history of the Admiral's life. The reader will come away with a much better understanding of those historic times and the people with whom Hoffman lived through and associated with. The book not only honors the service of this great naval commander but also gives glimpses of his family life and his own beginnings.

The book takes us to Korea and the war there in 1950, with sinking of the ship he was on and his rescue from those icy cold waters. The book follows his career through those years between wars. However, it really grabs the attention of the reader with the details of not only the Admiral's time and service in Vietnam but also provides many insightful tidbits and personal history of those under his command. One those this book focuses on is the war service in Swift Boats of Senator John Kerry. The writing is surprisingly balanced, as the author does actually mention some positive statements and accounts of Kerry. However, there is no way that one can hide the ugly truth. Kerry is raked over in much of this section of the book and later on as well. It provides an interesting back drop to the whole book itself. Admiral Hoffman eventually forms a group of former Swift Boat crew-members who oppose Senator Kerry's bid to become President. This section is well worth the read and might give non-veterans a better understanding of what brought this action about. It might also give some understanding as to why Vietnam veterans in general and Swift Boat veterans in particular, consider Kerry in such low esteem. Some, in fact, consider him to this day - as a traitor.

The author has done an outstanding job creating a book that is both informative and still entertaining. It very well researched, has great photos and maps and is an easy read. I give this book my personal recommendation. Deserves FIVE STAR RATING!
Great book. Lots of historical background, and loads of fun for anyone who knows anything about the workings of the Navy for the past 60 or 70 years.
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This book is a must read for anyone that wants to understand the meaning of "Heroism" and "Pariotism". The author, a Swift Boat veteran, effectively uses the news and cultural events of the period to put the admiral's interesting and courageous career into context.