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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:58 pm    Post subject: A historic close call Reply with quote

USS W.D.Porter

Under the strictest secrecy the Iowa transported President Roosevelt, Admirals Leahy and King, Harry Hopkins, Ross McIntyre, Wilson Brown and Pa Watson to Cairo for one of the pivotal meetings of World War II. Military planners were so concerned about protecting the President and his staff that they decided it best not to advise the three-destroyer escort of the nature of their mission. As the Iowa steamed along at 25 knots, the Iowa's commanding officer John McCrea staged a firing demonstration of the Iiwa's massive guns for its distinguished guests. As the Iowa's guns banged away at makeshift targets the vessel suddenly lurched and changed course, shortly thereafter an alarm was sounded followed by an excited voice announcing over the public address system ordering "Torpedo Defense! This is not a drill"! A muffled explosion aft violently shook the Iowa. Admiral immediately bolted for the bridge where he learned the USS W. D. Porter, had inadvertently fired a torpedo at the Iowa. A subsequent investigation revealed the Porter had been using the Iowa as a target for topedo firing practice when a torpedoman failed to remove a firing primer. This mistake nearly altered the course of World history. This little known incident is one of the many interesting facts of World War II.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Torpedoman had a great story to tell his grandkids!!
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