Against All Tides

Against All Tides
Against All Tides

Against All Tides

The Untold Story of the USS Kitty Hawk Race Riot
By Marv Truhe

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320 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF, EPUB

Cloth, $28.99 (CA $38.99) (US $28.99)

ISBN 9781641607841

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2022)
Lawrence Hill Books

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Overview

Simmering racial tensions inflamed by discriminatory punitive measures sparked a violent confrontation aboard the USS Kitty Hawk while it was engaged in air strikes off the coast of North Vietnam.  The US Navy charged Black sailors with rioting and assaults on White sailors in an incident referred to as a race riot, while totally ignoring violent unprovoked assaults committed by White sailors and Marines. Author Marv Truhe was a Navy JAG defense lawyer seeking justice for the accused Black sailors. Truhe possesses one of the most complete collections, personal or institutional, of original source documents of the Kitty Hawk incident and its legal aftermath—trial transcripts, investigation reports, hundreds of sworn statements and medical reports, federal court pleadings, and case files and witness interviews. How could virtually all official and unofficial accounts of the incident have placed blame for the incident solely on twenty-three Black sailors? How could they have been subjected to blatant racial injustices without their story being told until now? It is time to reveal the uncomfortable answers to these questions and expose the injustices perpetrated against these twenty-three young men.

Author Biography

Marv Truhe served as a Navy JAG lawyer and military judge during the Vietnam War. Following his military service, he was an Assistant Attorney General for South Dakota before entering private practice. He defended six of the Black sailors charged with rioting and assaults in the USS Kitty Hawk incident. He lives in Denver, Colorado.