Army & Navy - The Empire Builders

It is a big day in Pearl Harbor when a black submarine slides in past the green flatlands, past Ford Island and the gaunt wreckage of the Oklahoma and warps into a slip at the Submarine Base. On her conning tower is painted the score of her cruise: a column of rising suns. A Navy band tootles a greeting. Lashed to her periscope is a broom, symbol of a clean sweep in enemy waters.

Ask a battleship or destroyer man where he has been operating and the answer is the Aleutians or the South...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!