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0329 BUCKLEY, alongside sub, gives hard right rudder, rides up on forecastle of sub and stays there.  Men begin swarming out of submarine and up on BUCKLEY's forecastle.  Machine gun, tommy gun, and rifle fire knocks off several.  Ammunition expended at this time included several general mess coffee cups which were on hand at ready gun station.  Two of the enemy were hit in the head with these.  Empty shell cases were also used by crew of 3" gun #2 to repel boarders.  3" guns could not bear.  BUCKLEY suffers only casualty of engagement when man bruises fist knocking one of enemy over the side.  Several men, apparently dead, could be seen hanging over the side of the sub's bridge at this time.  The boatswain's mate in charge of forward ammunition party kills a man, attempting to board, with .45 pistol.  Man falls back over side.  Midships repair party equipped with rifles mans life lines and picks off several men on deck of submarine.  Chief Fire Controlman uses Tommy gun from bridge with excellent results.

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Demonstration of the launch procedure for a Titan missile. Quite cool.

 

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Some good footage and an interesting interview with one of the last historical witnesses.

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When you watch a Master at work who absolutely knows their onions, and you start at 'okay fine, done that' but then suddenly move on to 'wait? what?' before stage-by-stage surrendering to a state of plain awe (with an unhealthy side-measure of self-loathing at how really, really, REALLY amateur you are at doing the same thing).

 

This is that...

 

 

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