To start, I'm not trying to detract from overall intent, the humor and obvious hyperbole from this thread, so please don't take it that way. I S&F'd
Having said that: for the real story read the source of Cracked's cracked up story
I'm not trying to be a moderator here. Just suggesting a fact check. This applies to Cracked; it SHOULD apply to us: "Breaking News" or similar is
simply reporting what you hear or read from reputable sources elsewhere, as they happen, with little to no means of cross-referencing; "Off Topic" or
" pieces should have some research done before posting in order to either determine the legitimacy of the topic or reveal the
If you read the Cracked site and compare that to Iowa's site and you'll see at least one discrepancy, probably more.
Here's some I found.
...the president of the United States, the secretary of state and the joint chiefs of staff were on the Iowa....
... the geniuses on the Willie Dee never got around to disarming their anti-submarine weapons. And on November 12, a live depth charge just fell off
the deck. Fell. As in it kind of rolled off, into the ocean, within killing distance of the president of the United States. And it exploded....
A depth charge falls onto the deck of a ship, rolls to the water, and goes detonates astern of the WD and damages nothing. AND that is within killing
distance of the President on another ship?
Yeah, it triggered general quarters and battle stations on all ships involved but there was no
immediate danger to the Iowa... unless the Iowa was trailing the WD, which it apparently wasn't as a later torpedo incident suggests the Iowa was
ahead of the WD.
The four-ship convoy, consisting of the IOWA and her secret passengers, the W.D. porter and two other destroyers, was under strict
instruction to maintain complete silence as they were going through U-boat deeding ground where speed and silence were the best defenses. Suddenly, a
tremendous explosion rocked the convoy and all of the ships commenced anti-submarine maneuvers. The maneuvers continued until the W.D. Porter
sheepishly admitted that one of her depth charges had fallen off the stern and detonated in the rough sea.
I add, the charge exploded astearn
the WD, and at sufficient depth to not even damage the WD.
Stupid? Accidental? Yes. Within killing range of the President? Nope.
And Cracked says that a freak wave washed a sailor overboard after a torpedo nearly sank the Iowa but the wave happened after the depth charge
incident and before the torpedo incident.
The maneuvers continued until the W.D. Porter sheepishly admitted that one of her depth charges had fallen off the stern and detonated
in the rough sea. The safety had not been set as instructed. Captain Walker's fast track career was fast becoming side-tracked.
Shortly thereafter, a freak wave inundated the W.D. Porter, stripping everything what wasn't lashed down and washing a man overboard who was never
... The morning of November 14, 1943 dawned with a moderate sea and pleasant weather. The IOWA and her escorts were just east of Bermuda when the
President and his guests wanted to see how the big ship could defend herself against air attack, so the IOWA launched a number of weather balloons to
use as antiaircraft targets....
...Over on the Willie Dee, Captain Walter watched the fireworks display with admiration and envy. Thinking about career redemption and breaking the
hard luck spell, the captain sent his impatient crew to battle stations, and they began to shoot down the balloons that, missed by the IOWA, had
drifted into the W.D. Porter's vicinity.
Down on the torpedo mounts, the W.D. Porter's crews watched, waited and prepared to take practice shoots at the big battleship, which, even at 6000
yards seemed to blot out the horizon. Torpedoman Lawton Dawson and Tony Fazio were among those responsible for the torpedoes and for ensuring that the
primers (small explosive charges) were installed during actual combat and removed during practice. Dawson, unfortunately, forgot to remove the primer
from torpedo tube number three.
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