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The Ship That Wouldn't Die (1945)

On March 19, 1945, the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, one of a group of ships off the coast of Kobe, Japan, was attacked by a Japanese bomber. The plane scored direct hits with two large ... See full summary »
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John B. Kennedy ...
Himself / Narrator (voice)
Joseph O'Callahan ...
Himself (as Father Joseph O'Callahan)
Leslie Gehres ...
Himself (as Captain Leslie Gehres)
M. Frisbee ...
Himself (as Bosun M. Frisbee)
T.J. Frasure ...
Himself (as 3rd Class Steward T.J. Frasure)
G.P. Abbott ...
Himself (as G.P. Abbott - Quartermaster 2nd class)
S. Novack ...
Himself (as Marine Private S. Novack)
James W. Turner ...
Himself (as J.W. Turner)
F.W. Masters ...
Himself
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On March 19, 1945, the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, one of a group of ships off the coast of Kobe, Japan, was attacked by a Japanese bomber. The plane scored direct hits with two large bombs. This newsreel, shot by US Navy photographers, shows what happened on the Franklin after the attack. The Franklin was heavily laden with bombs, rockets, and fuel-loaded aircraft. For about 24 hours, the ship's armaments exploded. These explosions caused great damage to the ship and the deaths of over 800 crewmen. Over 250 additional personnel were injured. There were many acts of heroism performed. Several ships came to the Franklin's aid, some to fight the fires that all but gutted the ship, others to transport survivors. Miraculously, the ship stayed afloat and was able to move under her own power. After undergoing a cleanup at Pearl Harbor, she made the voyage through the Panama Canal to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for repairs. Father (Lieutenant Commander) Joseph O'Callahan, the ship's chaplain, ... Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Compelling WWII story of the U.S.S. Franklin...
22 March 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

So many stirring stories of war heroism came from the WWII period in American history when the great naval sea battles were fought.

This is just one of those, a story of the U.S.S. Franklin, bombarded by Japanese attacks that inflicted heavy damage on the ship and took a huge toll on the number of servicemen killed and wounded, before the ship was able to return stateside for repairs.

At the height of the battle, the ship looks doomed--so thick is the smoke and fire triggered by the ship's own tons of explosives that created an inferno of fire, the smoke mushrooming over the entire ship. Brave combat photographers kept filming the fire which began on the flight deck of the stricken carrier. Chaplains are seen attending to the wounded and dying.

When the action is over, hours later, and after the Japanese planes continued attacking until they were shot out of the sky, the ship is able (with the help of other rescue ships) to limp back to the United States with its 700 survivors.

Fascinating, all too brief glimpse of the world at war. The final shot shows the returning men aboard ship as it returns to a cheering throng of people waiting to give it a big reception.


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