NEW YORK: Battle on the Hudson

Battle of the Hudson

The 45,000-ton battleship Missouri never faltered in her course when a Kamikaze hit her off Okinawa, but when New York City school children swarmed aboard, the "Mighty Mo" shuddered from stem to stern. At her Hudson River berth last week, she was boarded by 60,000 sightseeing youngsters in a single day. Manhattan's moppets were marauders: many came armed with pliers, wrenches and screw drivers, besides their standard equipment of penknives. In a short, sharp action they:

¶Stole just about everything portable, including fire-hose nozzles. ¶Hacked off metal and plastic name plates identifying equipment. ¶Tried to pry...

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