World Battlefronts: HEROES: To Hell and Out Again

The U.S.S. Marblehead, light cruiser often claimed sunk . . . was bombed to hell and brought out of it by a crew that doesn't know the meaning of the word abandon. Thus the Navy last week began a long delayed tale of heroism about the Battle of Java.

Above the squadron of lurking warships a U.S. reconnaissance plane punctured the sky, screamed warning. Alarm gongs clanged on the decks, crews scrambled to sky guns, and the ships hatched steam for full speed ahead.

Tired, old, the Marblehead throbbed as she gathered speed and...

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