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Korean Personal Tales

“There was a bay in Korea where the trains used to run along the coast. The Communists had guns along the embankment so they put a ship in the bay trying to take a shot at the trains and also to keep the other guns quiet. The ship we relieved was the American battleship, the Missouri. The Chinese daren’t take a shot at it because they would open fire with their guns and it would have wiped them out!

We went into the bay and she went back to Japan and we anchored in the bay. We hadn’t been there long when all the guns on the shore opened fire on us because we were a little ship and our couple of guns weren’t like the battleship. We had to slip the anchor – we left the anchor there and moved out of the bay.”

John Banister