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”Come In, Swanee Leader"

The Thirty-Three-Month Odyssey of LST 561 in the 1950s

with Over 300 Photographs by the Author



The North American Bookdealers Exchange

Come in, Swanee Leader
is the 2008 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner in the Historical category.


USA Book News Best Books


Award-Winning Finalist in the Military History category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards.


2009 Branson Stars and Flags Book Awards


Come In, Swanee Leader was runner-up to the winner of the Grand Prize.


Griffin's Lair


Recipient of the "Golden Griffin Award".



Midwest Book Review

"Come in, Swanee Leader" is a fitting and superbly illustrated memoriam for the LST (Landing Ship Tank) which, while prominent in the theaters of World War II, is no longer a part of the US Navy today. Jim Staley writes with the flair and expertise of a born story-teller and "Come in, Swanee Leader" is a welcome addition to the growing library of American Military History in general, and American Naval History in particular.

James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief


Military Writers Society of America

Navy veteran Jim Staley takes his readers on a pictorial history of his time on board USS LST 561 during the Korean War. Written in a, personal, conversational style and illustrated with photographs, the book paints an excellent picture of what life was like on board, and also details the role played by tank landing ships in the Korean War.


I especially liked how the author, after detailing the mission and travels, takes time to explain to those unfamiliar with service aboard ship exactly how life was for the enlisted man.

It will be well received by Korean War Navy vets, and especially by any sailors from smaller vessels in the US Navy.

Review by Rob Ballister, MWSA Lead Reviewer (March 2009)
(Lt Cmdr Ballister is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and currently is a faculty member of the Academy.)


Independent Book Publishers Association
2009 Benjamin Franklin (Ippy) Awards

This is an absolutely beautiful book - attractive layout, stunning photos and exceptional historical value.... Aside from the lack of "author update" and a current photo I can't think of a single thing that would improve the book. It's a real treasure, in all ways. (The book design ranked #1 in Memoirs Category by the Book Design Evaluator)

The Korean War


Books about the Korean War / Recommended reading; Come in, Swanee Leader