The SS A. J. Cassatt ...a Liberty ship started out being built as her name states....but then before she was finished the U.S. Navy stepped in and acquired her.....changed her name to USS Appanoose...and she view the war from a different perspective.
One of the "Big Boys" that prowled the seas during those war years.....her massive powerful 13,000-hp engines....her 2500-man crew that kept her fit and trim as the true 35,000 ton "Battle Wagon" she was.
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Apr. 1, 2012) U.S. Navy Sailors conduct flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
Many articles that I've posted has been related to that vast body of sea referred to as "The North Atlantic, " but what about that less traveled area that was known as the lethal crossroad for German Subs?
To the World War II media, the PT boat was a dashing, mysterious surface warrior, as glorified in the 1945 MGM movie "They Were Expendable." The film dramatized the 1942 rescue by Lt. John D. Burlkeley's PT boat squadron of General MacArthur and his staff from the Philippines.
After reading some journals, news reports and some books on this subject my question prior to this article is: Did the media do justice to the PT's legacy as a small combatant?"
She was on a short jaunt from the warm seas around San Juan to Charleston, SC with a load of Raw Sugar....when U-172 spotted her....followed her for seven hours.....fired several torpedoes.... Well that is all I'll mention here....but it is interesting
What you see at the left is the 14-in WW I railroad gun....which is the only survivor of the specially made railway mounts created for inland use in France.
From the agitation on French Gen. Henri Aubert's face it was clearly evident a problem of major proportions had brought him to the newly established Paris offices of U.S. Navy R/Adm. Charles Pershall Plunkett. In charge of the military defense of the French capital, Gen Aubert was indeed confronted by a problem of perplexing disastrous proportion - a problem only the U.S. Navy could solve - if the stubborn French would allow them.
The gentleman's picture you see to the left is Lt. Hiroo Onada, IJA whom was 'best-known" among thousands of Japanese troops who fought on after Japan's surrender....he actually eluded capture in the Philippine's for nearly 30 years.
On 9 March 1974, exactly 30-yrs since Onada had arrived in the Philippines to teach guerrilla warfare to his hard pressed countrymen, tears filled the eyes of the grizzled and bearded Onada as he presented his sword to his former wartime commanding officer, now a successful Japanese bookseller and businessman
This ole girl I would say really took a beating during the war. She not only endured three separate attacks by German dive bombers....[and lived to tell about it]...but after repair of the damage.....she later encountered a U-boat where her luck didn't hold as good as her encounter with the dive bombers.
If you would care to give the history of this ole girl a gander....just click on the link below