The Fate of the USS Tide: The Forgotten Sailors of D-Day
The Fate of the USS Tide: The Forgotten Sailors of D-Day is a descriptive depiction of the Naval service of the American minesweeper USS Tide and its World War Two history through the eyes of its shipmates. Since 2009 through many interviews, I have gotten to know the remaining crew.
The Tide belonged to a secret squadron of eleven minesweepers that surreptitiously crossed the English Channel in the cover of darkness the night before D-day and carried out the most dangerous mission of searching for live mines. The risk was high, as being captured or sunk by U-Boats was not uncommon common in this neck of the woods right under the noses of the German Kriegsmarine Coastal Defense. The shipmates were under the pressure of the tight schedule for the arrival of the armada for the largest invasion in history. The Tide and her sister ships had a unique perspective of the D-Day landings and the carnage and heroism that took place on the beaches of Normandy.
Weeks before D-Day the Tide was involved in the secret of the Slapton Sands, a catastrophe covered up for 50 years. The crew was sworn to secrecy, not even telling their wives or children for five decades. The disaster of the loss of over 700 sailors and soldiers would be hidden by the US government to “protect the public” during and after the war.
The minesweeper then met her fate just when she thought she was safe after D-Day. The story gives the reader the tale of what the shipmates experienced and gives some unique antidotes often forgotten in the annals of World War Two history.