Army & Navy - OPERATIONS: Stormy Weather

The Atlantic, a raucous old fury during four winters of war, behaved just as badly last week in the first winter of peace. Over her smoking, heaving wastes she hurled 100-foot waves, 80-mile-an-hour winds at bucketing U.S. sailors and soldiers who had only one objective—to make home ports.

With battered superstructures, the battleship Washington, carrying 1,606 troops, and the carrier Enterprise (5,057 troops) limped into New York on Christmas Eve—as the Navy had promised. Said the Washington's Captain Francis X. McInerney: "The worst storms I have ever experienced in 26 years at sea . . . far worse than the...

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