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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Feb 2024 9:30 p.m. PST

A year and a half before President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, his life was put in peril on Nov. 14, 1943, all because of a torpedo inadvertently launched from a U.S. Navy destroyer during World War II…

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Murvihill21 Feb 2024 5:22 a.m. PST

A single torpedo, and the president was on a modern battleship. "peril" is not the right word to describe it.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2024 8:56 a.m. PST

"Dirty" Bill almost made history again.

OSCS7421 Feb 2024 3:49 p.m. PST

As a USS Iowa sailor. Murvihill is correct. I guess you must embellish the story.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2024 3:27 p.m. PST

Of course, if it was an Mark 14/15 torpedo, it probably wouldn't have gone off anyway, even if it had gone straight.

Nine pound round24 Feb 2024 6:51 a.m. PST

The state of training in newly commissioned ships in those days made for a lot of mishaps. Read "The Gun Club," about the sinking of USS Duncan at Guadalcanal: it reads like a comedy of errors, except that there were people dying because of their own and their leaders' inexperience.

Just finished JO Richardson's "On the Treadmill to Pearl Harbor" which is unsparing in its blame of Roosevelt for failing to mobilize more men earlier, so they would be ready for service, so there's some dark karma there. At least he had the graciousness to pardon everyone involved.

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