The story of USS 'Belinda', Attack Transport PA22, launched late 1943 with regular-navy captain Hawks and ex-merchant captain MacDougall as boat commander. Despite personal friction, the two have plenty to deal with as the only experienced officers on board during the "shakedown." Almost laughable incompetence gradually improves, but the crew remains far from perfect when the ship sees action, landing troops on enemy beachheads. And few anticipate the challenges in store at Okinawa... Written by
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USS Sanborn, AKA USS Belinda, received two battle stars for World War II service. See more »
Commander Quigley is given command of the APA Peacock. There was no USS Peacock during World War II. See more »
Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks:
[after a poor gunnery exercise]
Now hear this. This is the Captain speaking. You are to get down on your knees. Down on your knees, I say, and give thanks that that was only a 30-foot piece of canvas instead of an enemy bomber. I've seen ten-year-old kids shoot better with slingshots!
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An excellent movie depicting both the horrors and boredom of life at sea during wartime.
The movie does an excellent job of depicting not only the horrors of war, but the boredom of long periods at sea, the agony of being apart from your loved ones, and the sacrifices United States Navy Sailors have made, more so than any other service, throughout history to the present day.
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