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Welcome the war stories I'm Oliver North coming -- from patriots point naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston harbor.
And this is the World War II destroyer USS left of whaling ship with a truly remarkable history.
At war would be heard guns -- to protect American soldiers landing on you probably by April of 45.
He was in the Pacific fighting off Japanese comic -- In the space of nine minutes into the plains of pac ten minutes -- some -- but five founder Marc killing 32 over group.
The heroic efforts by -- -- -- party's leadership.
She made her way back to the US and -- action again in the Korean War.
The brave souls who served aboard these all purpose vessels all of them and can't.
There -- hundreds of them US navy during world war if they shut down enemy aircraft.
Hundred and sank suddenly -- for larger ships provided naval gunfire support of the door and doubled and open oceans and deliver the -- They're Jack of all trades capabilities put them in harm's way again -- superior well.
But despite -- valiant service they're less well known in the famous capital ships that protect.
The battleship Missouri in the carrier Lexington might be better -- But they didn't go anywhere without their destroyer escorts.
Tonight on war stories.
The tin can sailors.
Of World War II.
Served aboard two kids through school -- -- -- put their lives on the line with nothing more than three -- in the hands of steel to protect.
These ships and their crew.
Were expendable in the paper thin -- -- -- -- To talk about the origin destroy yours you really have to go back to -- origin of torpedoes as a navy man himself Terry Miller is both an historian.
And the executive director of the tin can sailors association.
It was an outgrowth.
As we would call today they told you can -- during the super.
Naval engineer named Robert quite.
Decided that he could make that move to -- it was small loops.
You can carry these torpedoes -- and they were called torpedo which.
For the capital ships of the day like battleships and heavy cruisers there was no way to effectively defend against these -- and -- torpedo Obama's.
In order to combat this and personal.
There had to be something to fight them and they called they torpedo boat destroyer America's first destroyer was the USS Bainbridge.
Commissioned in 19020 she was only 215 feet long and displaced just for than twenty tons.
-- armament was limited especially by modern standards.
Would only 56 found guns she may have been late on fire power.
But she began the tin can navy and during World War I she's still the Atlantic battling German U boats -- in 1920s she was sold for scrap metal.
Departure gave -- from the navy's new class of destroyers the clintons since these with the forced -- that are.
We arrive in Manila are.
What that places -- beverage and thought out.
The -- of a first generation Greek immigrant -- -- -- who opened the steel mill town of Carnegie Pennsylvania.
He joined the navy in January of 1940.
Where you're signed this year we've got through this Pope.
Part of America's Asiatic fleet the US -- Pope was one of the -- old forced actual name for four fumbles.
A Clemson class she was launched in 1920.
By 1940 -- power plant was burning oil instead of Cole and John look this was keeping the fires burning.
I don't know maybe going to black and called the black gang and -- amendment -- fire.
Ships like the USS -- were fitted with just one -- -- aircraft.
In previous wars -- -- mines and other ships and submarines but with World War II -- threat emerged aircraft.
-- World War II destroyers were improved by advances and radar.
Sonar -- anti aircraft guns all of these changes gave them a better chance in the flight.
But as you'll see later.
These modifications came at a price.
I thought we should be in the war and I thought that we were going to war.
In the summer of 194022.
Year old New Jersey native Dave -- be put his money where his mouth was left law school and joined the navy.
His first crews found him aboard the battleship New York on the way to Cuba.
It was fun.
Because -- you didn't have an awful lot of responsibility.
My dad died and 34.
And I wound up -- oldest of five kids.
So I start working in the coal mines and I was fifteen.
Like many -- fought during World War II pennsylvanians team Gordon left hole already hardened for the horrors of war.
In August of 1940 -- age of nineteen Steve started basic training in Newport, Rhode Island.
Hard for -- -- -- pretty tough kid you know.
The late 1941 the Nazis were in control of the European time.
Great Britain stood alone -- that island nation desperately needed help.
America's lend lease -- -- the British with everything from bullets to bombers and -- -- Virginians.
Meanwhile the US navy's destroyers help protect the convoys that delivered those vital supplies.
Only five weeks before Pearl Harbor the USS -- giants.
-- German news to create a 115.
-- -- crew went down -- Five weeks later on that fateful morning of December 7 the USS do we have very -- class destroyer.
It was tied up alongside a tender and Pearl Harbor.
Very good class.
Began to replace its -- -- Very rich work.
About thirty feet longer.
Almost twice the weight -- much greater range nearly twice.
Crew members -- work.
They could go to fight rather than we'd like them to them it'll 400 Steve Gordon finished his watch it some steak and eggs and went to bed.
It -- just like -- few minutes ago.
And next thing he -- it being paid to -- Which they share.
It is abuses tracker Kagan when my neighbor's house we had an -- a map to see -- Pearl Harbor -- -- born William Herman initially tried to join the Marines but his vision kept him out.
What made you decide to go and.
Baghdad -- or or one.
Superhero from army says Sadat suggested to -- name.
Yeah uses these -- places they've earned premium today.
Earlier on else go on the record.
Where we failed.
-- -- growth but a forty acre farm in Arizona joining the navy at nineteen.
Gave him a chance to see the ocean for the first time I got -- -- queasy.
First met her and laid down and risked a little bit and go away -- -- news that he.
I grew up in Philadelphia and then called -- town and it was -- tough neighborhood and I was a little kid.
So I -- lots of trouble when I first went to school.
This sort of a sailor Charles -- and followed his father into the navy he graduated from the naval academy in 1938 at the age of 23.
Were you aware of what enormous -- the Japanese had no we didn't think much about the Jeff.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did you realize.
Could you see and naturally they -- -- -- as.
Real bad news.
The bad news would be faced by five young Americans in their tin cans.
Charles -- -- Jordan Evan fan William Berman and John -- this would become warriors.
The Japanese surface navy is blown allied ships out of the water every day.
What's the morale like -- -- will set good that I guess we didn't only veteran.
Well that's what a 1918.
-- -- go.
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