The Swatow Incident

Prelude to Total Victory—or Nuclear Disaster?

by L. Tracy Winslow



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/16/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781480877405
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781480877412

About the Book

In the South China Sea during the Korean War, an unaccompanied United States Navy destroyer brazenly approached the Communist China seaport of Swatow. The Red Chinese immediately sent 40-50 armed motorized junks to confront and surround the lone destroyer.
      One-hundred-fifty miles to the northwest a secretly-positioned fifteen-ship fast-carrier strike-force waited for word that the destroyer was under attack. The force was poised to immediately retaliate against China’s mainland in an attempt to eradicate communism from the Far East. No one in the nation’s capital in Washington, DC, was aware of the clandestine operation that remains relatively unknown to this day.
      The author served on board the destroyer at the time of the event. He not only discusses the motivation, planning and preparations for the operation but describes details of the incident itself.

A remarkable well-told story of a little-known episode in U.S. history.
  —Henry H. Mauz, Jr. Admiral U. S. Navy (Ret)
     Former Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet

A story that reads like fiction...but isn’t. A key hidden inflection point in the modern history of Asia finally brought to light through the persistence and dedication of Tracy Winslow and the crew of the USS John A. Bole.
  —Peter Lee , Director and Producer of the documentary, “General MacArthur’s
     Conspiracy to Start a War with China”

About the Author

L. Tracy Winslow, born in Hardin, Montana in 1926, graduated from the University of Texas in 1945 with an engineering degree and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve. Following service on the attack transport, USS Monrovia (APA-31), he enrolled at the University of California for a year of graduate study.

Winslow was employed by Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron Corporation) from 1947 until his retirement in 1981. Recalled by the Navy in 1951, he served for two years on the destroyer, USS John A. Bole (DD-755) during the Korean War.

He and his wife, Hana, presently reside in Northern Virginia.