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This is how Americans fight. A salute to the Navy.

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This is how Americans fight. A salute to the Navy.

Postby Will_Carry » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:35 pm

"The vision of admiral Spragues three destroyers - the Johnston, the Hoel and the Heerman- charging out of the smoke and rain striaght towards the batteries of Kurita's battleships and cruisers, can endure as a picture of the way Americans fight. Our school children should know about that incident. Our enemies should ponder it."

One of the boldest charges in history. The turrets of the Yamato's 18.1 inch guns weighted as much as a US Navy destroyer. The only thing between the US landing ships at Leyte, our the escort carriers and a Japanese fleet of battleships, cruisers and destroyers were three small ships. Comander Evans of the USS Johnston did not even wait for orders. He attacked! He fired all of his torpedoes then went in with his 5 inch guns.

Comander Evans went down with his ship along with 185 young sailors. The Japs turned around and went home.

The Japs had 4 battleships including the Yamato, 8 cruisers and 11 destroyers. The Yamato dressed out at around 70,000 tons. Had 9 18.1" guns. The New Jersey weighted in at 45,000 tons with 9 16" guns. Even though the Iowa class battleships were considered better ships than the Yamato class. No ship in history has ever dilivered a more powerfull broadside than the Yamato. Total weight of it's broadside was 29,000 lbs at a muzzle velocity of 2290 fps.
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Postby BrianB » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:09 am

Fascinating event. Some of the stories of actions like these that come from war are amazing.
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Postby Stocker » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:17 pm

Your title is dead on, THAT'S how you fight a war! I just don't think we do things on the same level like we used to because everything is so technically advanced these days. It's almost gotten to the point where you don't have to shoot your own gun or load your own ammo anymore, some computer does it for you.
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