Titre : The Arnheiter affair.
Éditeur : Random House,, New York
Date d'édition : 1971
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Good
Edition : First Edition
304 pages, 4 plates, map endpapers, dust jacket, 1st edition, very good. An account of Lt. Cmdr. Marcus A. Arnheiter who commanded the destroyer escort USS Vance off Vietnam in 1966 and who was relieved of his command for improper conduct. From the Wikipedia website: Marcus Aurelius Arnheiter (born November 8, 1925) is a retired U. S. Naval officer, notorious for being relieved of command of the USS Vance (DE-387) after only 99 days. Arnheiter was born to Theodore and Dorothy B. Arnheiter. He has a twin brother, Theodore Jr. (d. 2005) , and a sister, Dorothy. Raised in New York City, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1952. Taking command of the Vance before Christmas 1965, he found a ship that was, in his opinion, unready for war off the coast of North Vietnam. He instituted measures to get the ship cleaned up (he stated that he had found it "crawling with cockroaches") , to get the crew trained, and activities that he thought would get the crew motivated. Unfortunately, he also had more than his share of personality quirks that led members of the crew to keep a "Marcus Mad Log", something that would be used in his later court-martial. One the duties of the Vance was to search small coastal traffic (junks) for contraband, specifically weapons to be used by the Viet Cong in the south. Since the Vance's motor whaleboat was lacking in speed, Arnheiter had a fast speedboat purchased for that purpose; however, he used special services (welfare & recreation) money, which is a misappropriation of funds. Arnheiter also had the navigation personnel falsify the logs when he ordered the Vance closer to the coast than his orders allowed. Eventually word of these (and many other) activities reached higher command, and Arnheiter was relieved when the Vance was refitting at Manila. According to the Time magazine article: "We all have a little of the Captain Queeg in us, " admitted one officer. "But Arnheiter had more than his share. ". N° de réf. du libraire 9916
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