Alfred Lind was the actual Commander of the convoy (NY 119) in which the USS Mason experienced that massive storm in mid October 1944. Commander Lind, as with most of the veterans of WWII, didn't speak of his experiences from the war. His family learned of these recommendations after Mary Pat Kelly had written her book. His real name was used in the movie, after some good timing when a grandson discovered the existence of the book, then attempted to contact Mary Pat Kelly. See more »
During the storm while escorting the convoy the radioman and the officer refer to the "aerial" being blown away. On a Navy ship there are no "aerials", they are called "antennas". See more »
The movie itself was nothing to crow abut. The acting was not anything noteworthy, but the story is one that needs to be told and so this movie should probably be shown in every US History class in our schools.
Segregation is a part of our culture and a part of our military. President Lincoln may have freed the slaves, but it was until President Johnson that African Americans were truly made equal.
I knew that there were all black units with white officers in the military, but was not aware of a ship composed of African American, nor of their history. The fact that this movie was made serves the cause of equality and was good for that.
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