World War II Horror Story: How a U.S. Battleship Was Almost Sunk By a U.S. Navy Destroyer
The National Interest -

Sebastien Roblin

History, Asia

Sometimes, things don't go according to plan.

Key Point: For three hours the Porter’s crew attempted to save the listing destroyer (photo here) before the order to abandon ship was given.

Patriotic action movies would have you believe military units regularly perform like well-oiled fighting machines. But sometimes reality is closer to Bill Murray’s Stripes.

Such at least was the case of the William D. Porter, whose mishaps were famously immortalized in an...

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