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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The name Bellinda is a fabrication. No ship ever sailed with the hull number of APA-22. The USS Joseph Hewes (AP-50) was designated for reclassification as APA-22 in early 1943, however she was lost in November of 1942 before the change occurred. As the numerical sequence of attack transport hull numbers had already been assigned, the number was not reissued. See more »
Just before the crew begins to seal the hatch to make an air bubble, light can be seen reflecting off the water deep in the hold. For this to happen there would have to be an above water opening in the side of the ship, which would make an air bubble impossible. However, the hold is obviously a stage setting with lights above the water to make it visible. See more »
[in reference to Captain Hawks]
Old shipmate told me about him. He was skipper of a destroyer that was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands when the Japs were trying to take Guadalcanal back. He kept that can's guns firing when she went under the water. He didn't get that Navy Cross sittin' on his bucket in Washington.
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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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