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In the pre-dawn hours of April 5, 1943, the Fletcher-class destroyer USS O'Bannon closed rapidly on a radar contact.
Realizing they had just rushed up on a surfaced Japanese submarine, the O'Bannon maneuvered hard to reach firing position.
As both crews ran to their gunnery stations, a few of the O'Bannon's crew began the engagement with what they had at hand...they threw potatoes at the enemy sub.

Yeah, seems a few of the mess boys were on deck, peeling spuds under a beautiful Pacific sky when the captain sounded battle stations.

In the dark, the Japanese had no idea what was whanging off their hull but, believing them to be grenades, spent precious seconds lobbing the potatoes back at the American ship.
The sub was sunk, and the crew of the O'Bannon was awarded a plaque from the Maine Potato Growers Association for their ingenuity and courage under fire.

The preceding story is true, but my question is if you read it in a work of fiction would you believe it?
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Frustrated by pencil, charcoals, ink & paint, I turned first to model building, then to photography, then to my true joy, wooden toys.
Had to give up all of this as I went blind, but modern medicine and a "borg implant" allow me to pursue some of my passions again; though my one true talent is painting pictures with words---the mind's eye is my canvas.

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DapperMan Feb 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch, and right back at you since you're a modeler. :D
master-ninjabear Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

Thank you, model building seems to be an underappreciated art.

scifilicious Feb 10, 2014  Professional Artist
hey bud, best artwork on DA... like ever:P…
master-ninjabear Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
darkstalker1 Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment/link. Luckily I have the full series on dvd.
master-ninjabear Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
me too---I would have really loved to see season 2, but I dread the movie now that Mr. Anderson is not here to protect his work.
darkstalker1 Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After what happened with the Thunderbirds movie...!
master-ninjabear Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist


:( (Sad) 

scifilicious Oct 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanx  4the watch :D
genchang2112 Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the watch, master-ninjabear! :)
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