The Destroyer (2001, WWII Documentary)


Alexander IV


Published on Aug 2, 2020

In the aftermath Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy designed and built an entirely new generation of warships. Incredibly, they did not have to wait for the next conflict to see duty -- in fact, they played a vital role throughout most of World War II. It's creed was 'to go in harms's way,' its motto....kill or be killed. On June 4, 1942, as the Imperial Navy suffered its first major defeat at Midway, the first Fletcher class destroyer was commissioned in Boston. By the end of the war, there were well over 100 of these revolutionary warships in the water, performing every imaginable task, from protecting carriers to bombarding enemy troops on land. Through visits to surviving Fletchers, the recollections of crewmen who served aboard them and a vast library of archival film, BATTLE STATIONS tells the story of these extraordinary vessels.

Alexander IV History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: James Faulkner
Extended interview with Bill Mercer (Gunner) 45:16 - 57:48
Confidential - US Navy Photographic Report (film) - USS Saufley (EDDE 465)
"Living Conditions" 57:48 - 1:05:37

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