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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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About a third of the way through the film, the Belinda is shown taking part in the assault on Makin Atoll. Numerous hilly and mountainous islands are seen. However, in real life Makin is extremely flat. See more »
Boski, where were you going? Why didn't you report directly to me? What are you doing aboard?
I come after some batteries for the beach party transmitter.
But that's a job for a radioman! You're supposed to remain on the beach to receive my signals! You deserted your post! Now exactly why did you come aboard?
Mr. Twitchell, Sir, Mr. O'Bannion ordered me to get them batteries. Mr. O'Bannion is in command of the beach party. I'm in the beach party and do what Mr. O'Bannion tells me to do, Sir.
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Though frequently melodramatic, this film gives a viewer a good feel for the business of running one of the less glamorous but vital warships of the period. Much of the Navy footage is vivid and convincing. The opening dialogue between the old shipbuilder and the young officer is a memorable dramatic device.
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