>>561658 The William D. Porter ("Willy D"), a WW2 US Fletcher-class destroyer
>First mission: top-secret escort of a battleship to N Africa, hell yeah >While leaving dock, drag anchor across the deck of neighboring ship, ripping out their railing and destroying their lifeboats >whoops >Proceed on mission >huge BOOM, whole fleet scrambles thinking a submarine is about >turns out the Willy D accidentally dropped a live depth charge off their stern >a sailor is caught by a freak wave the same day, never seen again >a boiler abruptly fails, Willy D drops out of formation >Admiral Ernest King chews out the Willy D's captain, Wilfred Walter, for embarrassing him in front of the president >as it turns out, the "secret mission" is escorting FDR to the Tehran conference
>Later in the voyage, fleet is doing AA drills >Cpt. Walter decides to do torpedo drills too >Since they're only pretending to fire torps, they use the fleet battleship as a mock "target" >One of the sailors accidentally arms a torpedo >WHOOOOSH >Cpt. Walter looks on in horror as his ship fires a live torpedo at the ship with the President of the United States on it >When the Battleship sees the torpedo, it turns so sharply that FDR's aides have to hold his wheelchair so he doesn't roll away >FDR asks to be taken to the railing to see the torpedo >One secret service agent draws his pistol, thinking maybe he'll shoot the torpedo if the ship doesn't turn fast enough (lol) >FDR writes in his diary: "On Monday last a gun drill. Porter fired a torpedo at us by mistake. We saw it — missed it by 1,000 feet."
>Admiral King is PISSED >orders the Willy D to leave the fleet, return to Bermuda >upon arrival, US Marines arrest the entire crew at gunpoint, a first in US naval history >Board of Inquiry finds out the guy who armed the torpedo, sentences him to 14 years hard labor >FDR pardons him >After this point, other ships greet the Willy D with a mocking "Don't shoot, we're Republicans!"
>Willy D reassigned to Alaska because they can't possibly fuck anything up there, right? >Sailor gets drunk >Fires off one of the ship's main guns, which drops a 5-inch shell into the front yard of the base commandant, who is having a party for officers' families in his back yard at the time >nobody was hurt, but commandant's flower garden is annihilated
>Willy D reassigned again - this time in the Pacific >does pretty ok on escort and patrol duty >supoorts the invasion of Okinama with AA fire >accidentally riddles a fellow US destroyer, the USS Luce, with gunfire
>Willy D attacked by "stealth" kamikaze plane (made mostly of wood/canvas) >Plane is successfully shot down well in front of the ship, everyone cheers >kamikaze plane continues to move under the water, glides directly below the Willy D, explodes >hull ripped open >Willy D sinks, but in a rare stroke of good luck, all hands are rescued without one casualty from the sinking >The saga is finally over
The incident with FDR and the torpedo was not declassified until 1958.
>>562190 The Russian crew weren't retarded they were just unfortunate to be stuck in between a conflict between admirals, on outdated vessels while trying to sail around the entire world to participate in a war that was already lost.
And they also had the misfortune of being Russian.
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