World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Jiu-jitsu in the Sea

Four of the pluckiest ships in the U.S. Navy were the old four-piper destroyers which had some of their guns taken off and boilers taken out, and then were camouflaged to look like palm-fringed jungle, so that they could shuttle Marines to the Solomons in the first phases of the campaign. All four were sunk. What it felt like to be on—and later off—one of them, the Gregory, what it feels like to be sunk in any sea battle, was vividly described in the U.S. last week by Machinist's Mate George Thomas Rhodes...

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