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Interview with Jesse Da Silva, one of 9 survivors aboard the USS Tang, sunk by a faulty torpedo
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5 (2 Reviews)
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Accurate and exciting portrayal
Posted by: MrDonuts from: on
My earlier review as MrDonuts has led me to view this DVD over and over again.
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Masterpiece of accurate information &recollections
Posted by: MrDonuts from: Home on
Here I am a leftover from WW II, well old enough for my chin to reach the dining room table. You see, during the war submarine skippers would come to dinner at my home when they returned from the Pacific to receive medals and new boats.
My father worked on RADAR at the Naval Research Laboratory on the Anacostia Flats in Washington DC and he was in contact with the skippers who intensely interested in radar. Dad would inform them of details of the new equipment and engage them to check on Japanese progress in the field. He would ask the skippers to have their radiomen scan the high frequency spectrum when in their patrol areas and report where strong pulses were noted.
Here is where I came in. I would thoroughly clean and dry my sister's baby food jars and my father would pour a small quantity of Spermacetti Whale oil into them for me to hand out after dinner. My dad would instruct the skippers to have their Chief Torpedomen dab a toothpick full of this pure "Alkane" oil onto the gyro pivots of the torpedoes. This superior grade of oil would displace the cheap oil on the gyros, reducing the liklihood of the torpedoes running in a circle and coming back to hit the boat.
My second task was harder to conceal. My fingers would have a purple hue from the mimeographed copies of an English translation of Admiral Karl Doenits' book, "Die Uboot Waffe" (sic). Doenitz had been a German submarine skipper during WW I, sunk by the British and a POW for the rest of the war. The book that he wrote on submarine tactics while in captivity became the bible of u-boat skippers during WW II. I proudly handed them out to our guests.
When "Mush" Morton came to Washington to receive a medal, he was not dined at the home of Admiral King (CNO) who would not fete skippers with "letters of reprimand" in their personnel files. Captain Morton had disabled the magnetic exploders on his torpedoes, so he came to our home. My parents later told me that I had asked the Captain, "How do you get your big shoulders down the small submarine hatch?" His good natured response was that he tucked one shoulder in before the other. It seems that I thought that that was just wonderful.
I found Silent Victory while looking for a newer copy of the DOS supported game "Silent Hunter"; none were available. If any of you know of a program that will allow a DOS game to run on a Windows 8.1, platform please let me know of it.
Silent Victory is a masterpiece of accurate information and thrilling recollections. Other than the rambling reminiscences above, I do have one tiny bit to add to the Darter and Dace episode. When Captain Klaggert of the Dace torpedoed his heavy cruiser he discovered that the Darter had run aground and was sinking.Captain Klaggert then broke off action with the Japanese to rescue the Darter's "Wolf Pack" Admiral and the captain and crew of the Darter. This done off he went after the targets and torpedoed another Japanese cruiser.
He was recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor, but was disapproved by Admiral King. The reason; he had broken off action against the enemy to rescue his comrades. What a crock of Bull Pudding...
There is a US Navy video tape of the entire episode that I viewed with Captain Klaggert a few years ago. He has since passed on to join his officeers and crew; one couldn't find finer company.
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