During WWII, Potato ‘Grenades’ Helped a U.S. Ship Sink a Japanese Sub

August 21st, 2018
During WWII, Potato ‘Grenades’ Helped a U.S. Ship Sink a Japanese Sub
It’s said that one shouldn’t bring a knife to a gunfight, but what about potatoes?It’s said that one shouldn’t bring a knife to a gunfight, but what about potatoes? On April 5, 1943, the USS O’Bannon was equipped with 17 anti-aircraft guns, multiple torpedo tubes, depth charges and 5-inch 38 caliber deck guns, but it was uncooked spuds that helped save the ship from a Japanese submarine encounter in the Southwest Pacific.The O’Bannon, a decorated Fletcher-class destroyer commissioned and launched in 1942, had been running support missions in the South Pacific for over a year. That night, the ship and its crew were returning from a shelling mission near the Solomon Islands, when they happened upon an enemy RO-34 Submarine cruising on the ocean’s surface. To their surprise, the sub was completely unaware of the 2,000-ton destroyer’s presence—even the lookout sailors were “fast asleep” on the deck, according ... read more
Source: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rssPublished on 2018-08-21By Martin Stezano

 

 

 

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