Only Murphy was wounded. A slug ripped open his flank. The medic had died half an hour ago, but by now, none of the veterans of Tunisia were unfamiliar with blood. A knife took off the shirt, and fingers quickly confirmed that the bullet only caught muscle and no core organs. He would live if he could be evacuated. Evacuation was not possible now. One man would need three to get him back. He could wait while the platoon advanced. Morphine, fluids and pressure bandages were what could be spared until the next strong point was taken.
Palawan, May 13, 1943
Overhead a dozen Mustangs orbited, providing cover for the division. Two squadrons of P-40s flying as fighter bombers began their attack runs against suspected Japanese strong points. The attacks would continue.
I do the same thing at Patriot's Point in South Carolina. I've spent six hours crawling through the Yorktown and still haven't seen all of itAh, HMS Belfast. Lovely ship, you should all go if you get the opportunity. I took three hours and it still wasn't enough.
They've got a really great collection there. All the WWII birds are down in the hanger while up on the flight deck they've got everything from an F-8 Crusader to a Phantom, Tomcat, Hornet, Intruder and Skyhawk. And more.Yorktown is the only carrier museum I haven't seen. Definitely on the list! My favorite so far is Hornet.
Gela, Sicily 1400 May 13 1943
HMS Roberts fired again. A pair of guns designed to smash battleship armor like it was wrapping paper sent out one ton projectiles. Several hundred yards behind the monitor, USS Savannah and USS Philadelphia were shrouded in gun smoke. The past twelve minutes, all thirty six-inch guns had been firing a shell every ten seconds at a target no larger than two old battleships wandering through the waves at Jutland. Given that the targets were not moving and the spotter aircraft had yet to be shot down, the shells were landing just on the far side of the river bank.