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)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
During the air attack on the destroyer, U.S. airplanes pose as Japanese planes; specifically, Douglas SBD dive bombers with solid circles painted on their wings, and a Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber.During the strafing runs, close ups of the planes' noses show two machine guns. Both the Douglas SBD and Zero had these, albeit of different calibers. See more
Robinson's character describes the action against HMS Serapis on 23 September, 1779. He states this was the first U.S. victory over a British ship. Actually, John Paul Jones, while in command of the 18-gun Sloop-of-war USS Ranger defeated the HMS Drake on 24 April, 1778. This was not the first U.S. victory. On 7 April, 1777, the Brigantine USS Lexington defeated HMS Edward. 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