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Old 9th August 2012, 22:15
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Morrison's Valiant Last Stand

In every battle there comes a time when even prodigious amounts of guts and bravery cannot save the ship. Such was the saga of the destroyer whose star shone bright during her brief-but-spectacular wartime career.

Fifty-two destroyers were lost in the Pacific during World War Two. Of the 52, 21 were sunk by Japanese aerial attacks. Few suffered a more devastating attack, in such a short period, as did the USS
Morrison (DD-560). Promptly opening fire on a group of 40 to 60 Japanese planes that attacked her radar picket station off Okinawa, the USS Morrison fought off her attackers and shot down seven to nine aircraft before they could complete suicide dives.

Morrison maintained a steady barrage against the overwhelming force and gallantly continued in action despite severe damage from four suicide planes and two bombs that struck her in rapid succession. She sunk by the stern just after the last hit.

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