Flagwaving story of a new American destroyer, the JOHN PAUL JONES, from the day her keel is laid, to what was very nearly her last voyage. Among the crew, is Steve Boleslavski, a shipyard welder that helped build her, who reenlists, with his old rank of Chief boatswain's mate. After failing her sea trials, she is assigned to the mail run, until caught up in a disparate battle with a Japanese sub. After getting torpedoed, and on the verge of sinking, the Captain, and crew hatch a plan to try and save the ship, and destroy the sub. Written by
You'll Always Remember . . . And Never Forget . . . Destroyer
19 August 1943 (USA)
See more »
(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
See full technical specs
Did You Know?
Victories can often be considered Pyrrhic, for example, the "defeat" gained by Bon Homme Richard over Serapis falls within that classification. If Pyrrhic victories are thus allowed in a discussion of when did the first U.S. victory over a British ship occur then history records the date of 11 October 1776 when 16 American vessels gained a Pyrrhic victory over 30 British vessels at the Battle of Valcour Island. The Americans were under the command of General Benedict Arnold. See more
After the destroyer is disabled and the engines are out, repeated references are made to the Japanese sub maintaining "sound contact", however a ship "dead in the water" would normally make insufficient noise to be heard. Active sonar would be required. Destroyers often went "dead in the water" when prosecuting a sub contact. See more
Sighted schooners, sank same.
[Said after confiscating two tallboy beer cans in the engine room
Opening credits prologue:
Destroyers --"Tin Cans" as they are affectionately called by those who man them -- are the busy bodies of the Fleet.
Always looking for trouble -- generally finding it.
Proud little ships because they bear the names of great heroes of the Service and keep alive the fighting traditions of our Navy. See more