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In the midst of combat action, there is seldom time to be Politically Correct in the transmission of critical information. See if you can match the following combat situations with the historical quote that marked the brave men who faced danger unafraid. 

 

On January 22, 1942, only weeks after Pearl Harbor, the submarine Sturgeon was patrolling off Borneo and sent two torpedoes into the hull of a multiple-screw enemy ship guessed to be either a cruiser or an aircraft carrier. The sub's skipper, Commander William H. Bull Wright was unable to observe their action due to enemy action in the area and extreme darkness.  In fact, the enemy ship did not sink, but Commander Wright's excited dispatch became one of the most remembered lines from the WWII Pacific war. That message read:


 Your Answer

  1. "Damn the Torpedoes and Full Speed Ahead!"
  2. "Scratch One Flat Top!"
  3. "Sturgeon no longer virgin!"
  4. "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!"
  5. "Like shooting fish in a barrel!"

On June 19, 1944, during the “Marianas Turkey Shoot,” Ensign Wilbur Spider Webb was returning to the HORNET from a strike on Agana when spotted a downed pilot in a raft, 100 yards off shore.  While flying RESCAP for the downed aviator, Spider glanced up to the ridge of the mountains on Guam and spotted a long line of Japanese VAL aircraft heading for the nearby Japanese airstrip.  Immediately “Spider” picked up the radio and said:


Your Answer

  1. "I will leave no man behind!"
  2. "I have forty Jap planes surrounded and need help!”
  3. "Remember Pearl Harbor!"
  4. "Fly high, aim low, and never quit!"
  5. "A man's gotta do, what a man's gotta do!"

Admiral William F. Bull Halsey was was at sea with his Task Force, on the the aircraft carrier Enterprise, when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. When Enterprise reached Pearl Harbor the following day, Admiral Halsey looked with horror at the damage that had been done and remarked:


Your Answer

  1. "I am afraid they have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve!"
  2. "Send more Japs!"
  3. "Let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR - As we go to meet the foe ...
    "Let's REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR As we did the Alamo."
  4. "United in this determination and with unshakable faith in the cause for which we fight, we will, with God's help, go forward to our greatest victory."
  5. "Before we are through with them, the Japanese language will only be spoken in hell."

During World War II United States Marines conducted their first major assault (after Guadalcanal) against 4,800 Japanese, well-entrenched at Tarawa.  The battle for the nearly-barren island cost 3,300 American casualties including 900 dead in two days of fighting fierce fighting, many of the U.S. dead falling before reaching the beaches. Reporting on the combat situation, Marine Commander Colonel David Shoup reported:
Your Answer

  1. "Casualties many! Percentage of dead not known! Combat efficiency? We are winning!"
  2. "Have had terrific bombardment and attack. Everything is ok. Can you get hot coffee to me?"
  3. "I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world."
  4. "The Marines have landed and have the situation well in hand."
  5. "Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking!"

As embattled U.S. Marines fought valiantly to rout the Japanese on Guadalcanal, they met constant and heavy fire, repeated attacks, and suffered many casualties. Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe (USMC) will long be remembered for his famous battle cry:


Your Answer

  1. "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em."
  2. "The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps."
  3. "Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction."
  4. "Damn it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"
  5. "We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!"


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