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Old 05-05-2014, 04:33 AM   #1698
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Japanese submarine slammed 2 torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb..11 hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour.. Tiger..13 footer.. You know, you know that when you're in the water, chief? You tell by lookin' from the dorsal to the tail.. Well, we didn't know. 'Cause our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent, huh. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, chief. The sharks come cruisin'. So we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know it's... kinda like 'ol squares in battle like uh, you see on a calendar, like the battle of Waterloo. And the idea was, the shark goes to the nearest man and then he'd start poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark would go away. Sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin' and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin' they all come in and rip you to pieces. Y'know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men! I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand! I don't know how many men, they averaged 6 an hour.. On Thursday mornin' chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player, Bosun's Mate. I thought he was asleep, reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up and down in the water, just like a kinda top. Up ended. Well... he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon the 5th day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us, he swung in low and he saw us. He's a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper, anyway he saw us and come in low. And three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and start to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again.. So,11 hundred men went in the water,3 hundred and 16 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29, 1945.. Anyway, we delivered the bomb...
The Portland-class was the 3rd class of heavy cruiser to be constructed by the United States Navy following the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.. The first "treaty cruisers" were the 2 of the Pensacola-class ordered in 1926, which emphasized armament and speed at the expense of protection.. These ships were followed by the 6 vessels of the Northampton-class ordered in 1927 which were more heavily armed, and introduced the configuration of 3 triple turrets which would become standard on U.S. Navy heavy cruisers..Portland-class was a modification of both the Pensacola and Northampton designs... don't need to see his ID.."Badges- We don't need no stinkin' badges!"...Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid...

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