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USS Willie D Greeting: "Don't Shoot we're Republicans!" [World War II]
The Retired Officer Magazine via USS Iowa website ^ | March 1994 | Kit Bonner

Posted on 08/27/2012 12:42:08 PM PDT by topher

The Ill-Fated
USS WILLIAM D. PORTER ["Willie D"]

Kit Bonner, The Retired Officer Magazine

, March 1994

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The "Willie Dee" created havoc from the time she was commissioned in July, 1943 until her unusual, and perhaps, charmed demise in June 1945.

From November 1943 until her bizarre loss in June 1945, the American destroyer William D. Porter was often met with the clever greeting. "Don't shoot, we're Republicans!" when she entered port or joined other naval ships. The significance of this expression was almost a cult secret of the United States Navy until the story resurfaced and received wide publicity after a ship's reunion in 1958.

(Excerpt) Read more at ussiowa.org ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: fdr; torpedo; ussiowa; ussporter
This is off the USS Iowa Memorial website.

Article was originally published in The Retired Officer Magazine.

Original title is:

The Ill-Fated USS WILLIAM D. PORTER

The title I am using is based on the article, and more appealing to Freepers...

1 posted on 08/27/2012 12:42:18 PM PDT by topher
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To: topher

Thank you for posting this.


2 posted on 08/27/2012 1:07:56 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: topher

That was one unlucky ship, LOL!


3 posted on 08/27/2012 1:08:44 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: topher

Cool story!


4 posted on 08/27/2012 1:08:44 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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To: topher; Admin Moderator
And here I thought I was having a bad day
5 posted on 08/27/2012 1:18:58 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1316 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: topher

“Half a century ago, the “willie Dee,” as the William D. Porter was nicknamed, accidentally fired a live torpedo at the battleship IOWA during a practice exercise on November 14, 1943. As if this weren’t bad enough, the IOWA was carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull and all of the country’s World War II military brass to the “big three” conferences in Cairo and Teheran.”

The world would have been much better had FDR sank to hell a bit earlier.


6 posted on 08/27/2012 1:47:29 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (I will never vote for Romney. Ever.)
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To: null and void

Yep, and this article is only 14 years older than yours.


7 posted on 08/27/2012 2:02:25 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: TheThirdRuffian

You are shameful?


8 posted on 08/27/2012 2:31:40 PM PDT by Cousin Eddie
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To: GraceG

That wasn’t unlucky, that was a lousy crew


9 posted on 08/27/2012 2:56:15 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Cousin Eddie

I’d be upset about all the sailors dying, yes.

But FDR sold the country to the Soviets and all their aggression.

Korea and Vietnam would not have happened but for the weakness shown by FDR.

Obama would not be happening but for FDR.


10 posted on 08/27/2012 3:16:42 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (I will never vote for Romney. Ever.)
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To: topher

Here is my new tag line.


11 posted on 08/27/2012 3:21:08 PM PDT by willyd (Don't shoot, we're Republicans!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

On November 14, 1943, the Vice President was Henry Wallace. He would have been much worse than FDR in dealing with Stalin. Much more of Europe might have ended up behind the Iron Curtain than it did (unless he was defeated in 1944). The party big-wigs realized in 1944 that FDR was unlikely to survive another four years so they forced him to drop Wallace as his running mate in 1944.


12 posted on 08/27/2012 3:29:26 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: topher

great story!


13 posted on 08/27/2012 3:49:52 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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