There were destroyers whose captains disobeyed orders on D-Day and moved close to the beach to destroy pillboxes that were pinning down our GIs. Does anyone know the story details?
Answered by: Hansel Bumgarner,worked at Lockheed Martin (2000-2006)
回答者：汉塞尔·布姆加纳(Hansel Bumgarner)，在洛克希德·马丁公司(Lockheed Martin，2000-2006)工作
My uncle was a Gunner’s Mate on Destroyers and was there on D-Day. He said they got so close to shore they ran aground. When the Captain was told they were hard around and not moving, he was to have replied “Good. There’s no excuse to miss. Pour it on!”. Then a German tank came out from between some dunes and started firing at them. It didn’t hardly get off more than a shot or two when an Allied fighter came by, strafed it, chasing back into cover. During this, one of the ship’s engineers went a little off the rails and grabbed up a wrench, saying he was going to brain that stupid son of a b**** (the Captain) for getting them all killed. They had to tackle him before he got to the bridge.
My uncle said they were close enough to see the faces of the soldiers on the beach. He said it was a real slaughter house.
He was 16 when he joined the Navy in 1943.