From: San Diego CA
ORIGINAL: Jonathan Pollard
Yep, I remember reading that...all that engineering and cost to set her up for mine work and then, bam! Pearl guts her out and crams her full of Marines for the Makin raid...of course, leaving several behind on that island, to be beheaded by their Japanese captors. An ill-starred sub, that was.
If the USN had known that it was against the rules for subs to carry Marines, I'm sure they would have left her in its minelaying configuration.
I'm not sure what "rules" you are speaking of - my point is that, what seems to be a great engineering idea in peacetime is often a pain in the a_s to deal with in wartime. And in wartime, all sorts of grand plans and schemes often go into the crapper and the protagonists have to wing it. That's pretty much what happened to plans to use Argonaut as a mine layer. She was there, they needed a troop carrier, and the rest was fairly predictable. I'll wager some chiefs on that sub watched the gutting of the mine equipment with glee, knowing they wouldn't have their butts on the line any longer for having to maintain it and make it work. But what happened later to the Marines, and the FUBAR that abandoned some of them to the Japanese, is more of a testament to how war is a learning process where the price of the lessons is in mens' lives.
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