The book is written by Utahn Allen Craine.
The U.S.S. Utah, was nicknamed The Big U by her crew.
The ship has a few interesting parallels with the LDS Church, for example, she was christened on the 100th birthday of church founder Joseph Smith.
There are 54 sailors still aboard her, one a Medal of Honor winner, and the cremains a baby girl, Nancy Lynn Wagner, lovingly called "Baby Nancy".
You can buy The Big U at online stores.