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OT: Did this really Happen? - 8/18/2019 3:26:12 AM   
Footslogger


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Ah Yes the USS William D Porter?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IceFeFsS_GY



Makes me think of McHales Navy
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RE: OT: Did this really Happen? - 8/18/2019 6:07:26 AM   
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I'm at least pretty sure that the BB Iowa replied to the Uss Porter's launch at her with "Don't shoot, we're Republicans" (just in case the children don't know FD Roosevelt was a Democrat - back then it was something of a joke). I did think that that DD was commissioned before 1943 though. In US Naval history there have been a bunch of 'heroes' (pretty sure DDs are named after USN heroes in the 1940s anyway) so I figure it's for others to work out whether this or some other hero had a particular DD named for him.



Actually this game has a ship named after him in it was a ship named after he who was the US Supreme Court Justice who presided over the US Supreme Court that issued the directive that no state had the right to declare itself free of SLAVERY (the Dred Scott Decision). But just so's you know this same ship (USCGC Taney - name shortened when it's full name became less politically correct) was the last actuslly serving ship that was present when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 and continued to rescue the odd mariner or so and interdict assorted drugs until 1986 or therabouts. SEMPER PARATUS!

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RE: OT: Did this really Happen? - 8/18/2019 2:01:04 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: spence

I'm at least pretty sure that the BB Iowa replied to the Uss Porter's launch at her with "Don't shoot, we're Republicans" (just in case the children don't know FD Roosevelt was a Democrat - back then it was something of a joke). I did think that that DD was commissioned before 1943 though. In US Naval history there have been a bunch of 'heroes' (pretty sure DDs are named after USN heroes in the 1940s anyway) so I figure it's for others to work out whether this or some other hero had a particular DD named for him.



USS Porter (DD356) was commissioned in August 1936 and sunk in October 1942. USS William D. Porter (DD579) was commissioned in July 1943 and sunk in June 1945. However, it doesn't seem that the William D. Porter was named for DD356... because there was ALSO USS Porter (DD800), commissioned June 1944. (One could check DANFS if you really care.) The USN did like naming shiny new ships for ones that had already been lost in the war (resulting in, IIRC, five ships that were sunk twice).

The five minute guide to warships does an excellent job of giving dryly humorous accounts of all things naval. His descriptions of the Russian 2nd Pacific Squadron (often called elsewhere "the fleet that had to die") and The Channel Dash had me laughing out loud.

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RE: OT: Did this really Happen? - 8/18/2019 5:28:04 PM   
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If he wasn't, this guy should have had a ship named for him.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Dixon_Porter

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RE: OT: Did this really Happen? - 8/18/2019 6:55:02 PM   
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Thank to that Porter, the US has the Navy that it does.

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