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USN Twist of Fate in the Coral Sea

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My Dad was a Sailor.

He was not on a Battlewagon or a flat top.

You never hear of his ship, The U.S.S. Mauna Loa.

Ships of her class were all named after volcanoes. She was an Ammo Ship.


I notice that most history focuses on the big jocks of the battlefield.

Big broad strokes about 4 Carriers here, or 3 Battleships there.

Somehow a lot of floating steel and big rifles gets people's blood running hot.


But there are compelling stories, that are as riveting as any, and almost nobody will ever know the details of these events.

Here is a link to a practically unknown pair of US Ships, one of whom survived being moored in battleship row on 7 Dec '41.


No marching bands and parades here. The flags are at half staff, and the bugles blow taps.


Remember the men of The U.S.S. Sims, and the Original U.S.S. Neosho



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Very interesting story which a lot of people on here should read (even if their field of interest - like mine - is not US Navy PTO).

Thanks for sharing this.

You are correct; these men should not be forgotten and surely earned their place in history.



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I have half a war room full of respect for the lesser-thought of ships, DDs, DEs, various landing craft. Not sure if I have an ammo ship man's uniform though. Most of my almost 50 Navy uniforms are far from Battleship or Carrier men!


I bet it every ammo ship man was very well aware of the irony of their class of ship being named after volcanoes...

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452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

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WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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