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Sakai9745
08-24-2004, 03:59 AM
Found this while hunting for TBD refs. If true, it seriously makes my heart ache.

Another sad coincidence has to do with the meal that Torpedo 8's crews never got to eat -- chicken and dumplings, their favorite. The ship's cook had a large pot of chicken and dumplings on the stove and had set a place for each of the men, awaiting their return. As the cooks and stewards watched the clock, it slowly dawned on them that the missing men would never show up for dinner. The sight of those unused place settings must have been heart-wrenching to everyone.

Joel A. Turpin

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Al - SF, Calif

"Defense Dept regrets to inform you that your sons are dead cause they were stupid."

Sakai9745
08-24-2004, 03:59 AM
Found this while hunting for TBD refs. If true, it seriously makes my heart ache.

Another sad coincidence has to do with the meal that Torpedo 8's crews never got to eat -- chicken and dumplings, their favorite. The ship's cook had a large pot of chicken and dumplings on the stove and had set a place for each of the men, awaiting their return. As the cooks and stewards watched the clock, it slowly dawned on them that the missing men would never show up for dinner. The sight of those unused place settings must have been heart-wrenching to everyone.

Joel A. Turpin

http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/cry.gif

Al - SF, Calif

"Defense Dept regrets to inform you that your sons are dead cause they were stupid."

Vmax1968
08-24-2004, 03:51 PM
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Torpedo 8 story:

http://www.grunts.net/wars/20thcentury/wwii/midway/midway.html

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq81-8c.htm

http://www.centurytel.net/midway/Carrier_Squadrons/Torpedo_Eight/in_color.html

pacettid
08-25-2004, 04:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Vmax1968:
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Torpedo 8 story:

http://www.grunts.net/wars/20thcentury/wwii/midway/midway.html

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq81-8c.htm

http://www.centurytel.net/midway/Carrier_Squadrons/Torpedo_Eight/in_color.html&lt;HR&gt;&lt;/BLOCKQUOTE&gt; (http://www.centurytel.net/midway/Carrier_Squadrons/Torpedo_Eight/in_color.html<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>)

A great story indeed http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif...I had the honor to escort Ens. George Gay at the 1988 "Gathering of Eagles" event hosted by the Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery AL. His account of his role in the battle was truly fascinating, and an autographed copy of his book is one of my prized possessions.

One of my favorite anecdotes from his account was the following:

When he was talking about his rescue he mentioned the fact that "...Many of the Catalina crews flew with sharpened pencils in their pockets, as the aircraft frequently sprung leaks due to rivets in the aircraft's bottom shearing off during water landings. They used the sharpened pencils to temporarily plug the leak!"

All the best, Don