BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: The Sinking of the Wasp

In the wardroom of a nearby ship a group of officers, off duty, was watching the Dead End Kids in Tough As They Come. It was 2:51 p.m. when that most urgent of bugle calls, General Quarters, shrilled out on the speaker system. As the officers scurried up to their battle stations, one of them heard a ship's doctor say: "The Wasp got three fish in her."

From the deck they could see the elegant carrier Wasp, 14,700 tons of striking power, at the root of a great tree of smoke. She sat there,...

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