While our pantywastes in Washington struggle with issues of basic manhood and intestinal fortitude, I was proud to be an American this week for good reason. The wreck of the WWII submarine USS Wahoo was found near the coast of Japan where it was sunk during the war. The reason I am writing about this is because the Wahoo was one on the most successful subs of the war sinking over 100,000 tons of Japanese shipping. What’s more is that the Wahoo was led by one of the most daring and brave of America’s submarine commanders “Mush” Morten. Read on for his opening pep talk to his men. It’s the stuff of legend. Folks these were men of unmatched bravery, fighting for their country and way of life.
There was an instance where some accused Captain Morton of wrongly shooting survivors of a ship he had sunk. No charges were ever brought and his name remains clear, after all it was war. Unlike today (Abu Ghraib) where mean comments and making nasty faces at prisoners of war is enough to get you Court-Martialed. We could use a few Mush Mortens today. Instead we have Nancy Pelosi’s and Charlie Rangel’s. God help us all.
Navy Says Wreck Found Off Japan is Legendary Sub USS WahooStory Number: NNS061031-15Release Date: 10/31/2006 7:01:00 PMhttp://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=26378From Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public AffairsPEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) — Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet declared Oct. 31 that the sunken submarine recently discovered by divers in the Western Pacific is, indeed, the World War II submarine USS Wahoo (SS 238).”After reviewing the records and information, we are certain USS Wahoo has been located,” said Adm. Gary Roughead, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander. ÂWe are grateful for the support of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and appreciate greatly the underwater video footage of the submarine provided by our Russian navy colleagues, which allowed us to make this determination. This brings closure to the families of the men of Wahoo – one of the greatest fighting submarines in the history of the U.S. Navy.”In July, the Russian dive team ÂIskraÂ photographed wreckage lying in about 213 feet (65 meters) of water in the La Perouse (Soya) Strait between the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the Russian island of Sakhalin. The divers were working with The Wahoo Project Group, an international team of experts coordinated by Bryan MacKinnon, a relative of WahooÂs famed skipper, Cmdr. Dudley W. ÂMushÂ Morton.
The USS WAHOO
Morton had served as executive officer of Wahoo during her first two patrols under Kennedy. Morton, endeared to his Annapolis classmates as “Mushmouth” (abbreviated “Mush”) because of a knack for yarnspinning, was an uncommonly talented submarine officer. Before Wahoo left Brisbane on her third war patrol, her first under “Mush” Morton, the skipper gave the crew a flaming pep talk. Morton said, “Wahoo is expendable. We will take every reasonable precaution, but our mission is to sink enemy shipping…. Now, if anyone doesn’t want to go along under these conditions, just see the yeoman. I am giving him verbal authority now to transfer anyone who is not a volunteer…. Nothing will ever be said about your remaining in Brisbane.” No one asked for a transfer, and this speech inspired a new spirit amongst the crew, a feeling of “confidence in the capabilities and luck” of Wahoo and the thought that she was “capable of performing miracles.”
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