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September 5, 2015

Victory At Sea



I grew up watching "Victory At Sea" serials.

My dad joined that Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. He became a hard hat diver and served in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. I remember something he told me when I was about 12 years old;  he said, "Just before the torpedo hits, get up on your toes else the force of the explosion coming up from below the deck will break your ankles."

I think he had been drinking and remembered how it felt when his ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine.


4 comments:

underground pewster said...

I grew up with Victory at Sea as well. I still have the three albums put out with the music by Richard Rogers too.

LL said...

Your dad was right. The force of torpedo impact often shattered ankles and knees.

sig94 said...

Pewster - after all these years I still get a little chill when I hear the theme music.

sig94 said...

LL - that's something that our sailors haven't had to fear in decades. But not that there's a communist in the WH and China is makes naval incursions near or in our waters ... who knows?