World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: Scratch One Hearse!

At 3 a.m. one morning last month, the raucous bell-and-siren summons to General Quarters routed officers & men of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer from their bunks to battle stations. In the distance a huge Atlantic convoy, Europe-bound, was silhouetted in a streak of silvery light. Somewhere in darkness was an enemy submarine. Aboard the Spencer was TIME Correspondent William Walton, whose account of what followed was released by the Navy this week: The seconds dragging by seemed an age. "Jesus, why don't we do something?" muttered a gunner's mate. Nothing...

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