"Outstanding rescue feat..."
—Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

Salvation for a
Doomed Zoomie

John Galvin
with Frank Allnutt

Out of print.



Gov. Joe Foss Introduction:
"It is a distinct honor and pleasure for me to have been asked to write the foreword to this book about my good friend John Galvin, with whom I share much in common."

John was a Navy Hellcat pilot in the Pacific during World War II and I was a Marine Wildcat pilot. We both know what it's like to be shot down and drink too much seawater while praying to be rescued. We have both been saved in numerous close calls with death. And we also share a deep spiritual bond.

This book is really three stories in one. It’s about one of the most daring sea rescues of World War II...wild adventures on the legendary submarine Harder...and a man’s lifetime search for meaning and purpose which he finally discovers, only to embark on life’s greatest adventure.

The true story of John Galvin's amazing rescue has been previously told, in part, in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, books and on television.

His is a story so fantastic that scarcely anyone would believe it were it not for official Navy documentation: the log of the U.S.S. Harder; photos taken by the Air Group Commander; the Navy’s Information Bulletin magazine and its popular “Silent Service” submarine television series; the authoritative books, Through Hell and Deep Water and Zoomies, Subs and Zeroes by Admiral Charles W. Lockwood (former Commander, Submarines, Pacific Fleet) and Hans Christian Adamson; Frank Lynch, former exec on the Harder; and the men John flew with. Mention of the Harder or its captain, Sam Dealey, to submariners brings a response of deep admiration and respect—almost reverence—because of the exploits of that sub and its courageous skipper and crew.

Now, for the first time in print, John Galvin gives an eye-witness account of his suspenseful thirty-three day adventure on the Harder and the skipper who befriended him.

John Galvin’s book is also the story of one man’s spiritual quest to find meaning and fulfillment in life. For years he analyzed his many close brushes with death, as well as his personal successes and failures, in an attempt to discover a deeper purpose for living. But it wasn’t until he met and married Susie, who was also searching,that his questioning heart, finally discovered the right answers.

The action begins on page one, right in the cockpit of a screaming Hellcat, somewhere in the South Pacific during World War II. So fasten your seatbelt and hold on, because you are in for an unforgettable that just might launch you into the greatest personal adventure of your life!

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