by Gordon Buttars
Volume 5 – Letting Go, takes place between December 1942 and September 1943. After letting go of something which had been holding him back, he found he was free to let go of Geannie. After dispatching the Edelweiss, Sheffield spent some time in Rio de Janeiro while his ship is in port in between patrols in the South Atlantic, where they have various encounters with the enemy. While completing the cruise, Sheffield looked forward to going home and moving on with his life.|
Three women crossed his path that showed him that it was possible to have another woman in his life. The first was Debra Watson, who he rescued from the Edelweiss. The second was Paula Drussell who he had met earlier. While the Reprisal was in Norfolk, they spent a lot of time together as they explored their relationship possibilities. After a month in port, the Reprisal sailed for the North Atlantic. In another battle with the Germans, the ship was damaged. Upon arrival in Norfolk for repairs, Ramona, who had just been transferred to Washington DC, was waiting for him on the dock.
To his amazement, she had been in love with him all along, but he wasn't quite ready to fall in love again. Over the next four weeks, while the ship was in port, they spent a lot of time together, including a week at home in Roanoke. Just before sailing for the Mediterranean, he found that he was doing just that and confessed his new found feelings for her. In the Mediterranean, the Reprisal participated in the occupation of Italy. During lulls in the action, Sheffield had time to ponder their relationship and where it might lead. While operating in the waters around Sicily, lack of communication with the Army Air Force led to some tense encounters, which force them to withdraw to Algiers in order to resolve the issue. When operations resumed, the ship was damaged in an attack and withdrew to Algiers for repairs, which allowed Sheffield to devote more time to working through the possibilities of a relationship with Ramona.
After returning to sea, while participating in the invasion of Salerno, the Italians surrendered, leaving the Germans to carry on the fight. While 100 miles off Salerno, the ship was severely damaged by a secret weapon deployed by the Germans, which resulted in a lot of casualties, including Sheffield. He was given the choice of being with Geannie again or spending the rest of his life with Ramona.
|Chapter I||A Shoulder to Cry On||December 8, 1942||Page 1|
|Chapter II||Rio||December 9, 1942 – December 10, 1942||Page 17|
|Chapter III||South Atlantic Patrol||December 10, 1942 – December 24, 1942||Page 31|
|Chapter IV||Tropical Holiday||December 25,1942 – December 31, 1942||Page 43|
|Chapter V||Pacific Bound||January 1, 1943 – February 3, 1943||Page 55|
|Chapter VI||Paula Drussell||February 3, 1943 – February 14, 1943||Page 67|
|Chapter VII||Paula Drussell Continued||February 15, 1943 – February 26, 1943||Page 79|
|Chapter VIII||Paula Drussell Concluded||February 27, 1943 – March 14, 1943||Page 91|
|Chapter IX||North Atlantic Patrol||March 15, 1943 – May 19, 1943||Page 103|
|Chapter X||Reunion||May 19, 1943 – May 30, 1943||Page 133|
|Chapter XI||Ramona||May 30, 1943 – June 6, 1943||Page 119|
|Chapter XII||Three Little Words||June 6, 1943 – June 27, 1943||Page 145|
|Chapter XIII||Miscommunication||June 28, 1943 – July 16, 1943||Page 155|
|Chapter XIV||Army Buddies||July 16, 1943 – July 19, 1943||Page 167|
|Chapter XV||Back in Old Algiers||July 20, 1943 – September 3, 1943||Page 183|
|Chapter XVI||To Live or Die||September 4, 1943 – September 11, 1943||Page 195|
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