I just received my Christmas present from my brother (yes, I know it was late but he got me what I wanted ). It is Norman Friedman's U.S. Destroyers an Illustrated Dsesign History. Do any of you have a favorite destroyer (U.S., Japanese, allied).
One af my all-time fave books. Friedman is a research machine.
DMS Aaron Ward took a licking off Okinawa and kept on ticking. Er, well, sorta.
USS Johnston DD557. If you do not know why you should find out. You did not ask the class.
Yeah! GQ Johnny! A little one-on-one with Yamato, anyone?
1 on 1 with yamato?
u mean a DD against the yamato?
i did that once, well with a squadron of 7 DD, me in command at the front of the line of course
i was playing a game called Destroyer Command
it was near the end of the war of course, near okinawa
the yamato was heading out on her 1 way mission to attack the USN/allied forces at okinawa, the plan was for her to beach herself and hammer away with her guns till she ran out of shells
anyway, i arrange my DDs in a line ahead formation, like a rake, with about 4000 yards distance to make the most of radar scanning
and we pick her up heading SW
i rearrange em into a column formation with about 500 yards distance, we engage her about 2400 hours may 7th (45) and we let off a HUGE salvo of torps, just about all of em towards the escorts and yamato herself
most of the escorts get blown out of the water, the rest are pciked off by gunfire
then all thats left is the big monster herself
i shoot off the rest of my torps, and have all my DDs start shootin their 5 inchers
i turn them so they can all give her full broadsides
and i make kind of a hook run around her bombarding her the whole time, then i let off the rest of my torps
and their shooting and shooting, and despite having radar i decided to light her up with starshells to get a good luck and see how shes rendered, and she looks pretty good
and finally, shes "declared sunk" at around 0100 i think
i sit around and watch her, and she finally goes under stern first seemingly in defiance around 0124
i lost 1 maybe 2 DD i think, and i think they gave me the Navy Cross for it
as for MY favorite DD? ill have to think about it
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