Books: Song of the Kamikaze

THE LIBERATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (338 pp.)—Samuel Eliot Morison —Atlantic-Little, Brown ($6.50).

Two kamikaze planes had splashed close by destroyer Walke when a third crashed into the bridge, drenching her skipper, Commander George F. Davis, with gasoline. For a moment, he burned like a torch. Sailors near him smothered the flames and he exhorted officers and men to save the ship. While still on his feet, he saw Walke's guns destroy a fourth kamikaze. Finally he consented to be carried below; a few hours later he died.

The valor, suffering and death of Commander...

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