Men Receive Orders For Dangerous WWII Mission

Men Receive Orders For Dangerous WWII Mission

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(Thompson)
A WEEK FROM TODAY, THE AMERICAN NAVY
PROPOSES SENDING A CONVOY UP THROUGH THESE STRAITS. NOW, WE KNOW THAT
THE JAPANESE HAVE NO AIR RECONNAISSANCE
IN THIS AREA, SO BARRING ANY
UNFORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS
WITH SURFACE CRAFT, THE AMERICANS’ PRESENCE
IN THESE WATERS SHOULD REMAIN UNDETECTED. UNDETECTED, THAT IS, UNTIL EARLY
ON THURSDAY MORNING WHEN THEY WILL
COME WITHIN SIGHT OF THE JAPANESE COAST
UP HERE. NOW, IN THE NORMAL COURSE
OF EVENTS, THE JAPANESE WOULD
COMMUNICATE THIS INFORMATION TO THEIR AIR AND NAVAL FORCES
UP HERE. AND WITHIN 24 HOURS, THIS CONVOY WOULD BE
PRETTY MUCH AT THEIR MERCY. IS THAT CLEAR SO FAR? (soldiers)
YES, SIR. HEARNE! [whispering]
TOSH. WHAT? HIM. HEARNE! THE MOVEMENTS
AND MAJOR POLICY DECISIONS
OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY MAY BE OF
LIMITED INTEREST TO YOU, BUT IF YOU WILL BEAR WITH ME
FOR JUST A MOMENT OR 2, I THINK YOU WILL
FIND THAT IT MAY BE WORTH YOUR WHILE
TO PAY SOME ATTENTION. I AM, SIR. GOOD. NOW, THE OBJECT
OF OUR OWN OPERATION IS SIMPLY TO PREVENT NEWS OF THE AMERICANS’ PRESENCE
IN THESE WATERS FROM REACHING
THE ENEMY’S MAIN BASE. NOW, THE JAPANESE TRANSMIT
SITUATION REPORTS TO THEIR BASES
AT RABAUL AND TRUK ON WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS. NOW, IF WE WERE TO
DESTROY THEIR RADIO BEFORE THE TRANSMISSION
ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THAT IS TO SAY
BEFORE THE CONVOY
COMES WITHIN SIGHT OF THEIR COAST HERE, WE SHOULD KNOW
THAT AT LEAST THAT PART OF THE MISSION
HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL. THIS IS WHERE LT. LAWSON
OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY
COMES IN. IMMEDIATELY PRIOR
TO WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S
TRANSMISSION, YOU WILL DESTROY
THE JAPANESE RADIO. LT. LAWSON WILL USE
OUR OWN RADIO EQUIPMENT TO TRANSMIT THE NORMAL,
ROUTINE SITUATION
REPORT IN JAPANESE. SIR? YES, HEARNE, WHAT IS IT? UH, WOULD THE, UH, MISSION
HAVE TO BE ABANDONED IF LT. LAWSON MET WITH, UH, AN UNFORTUNATE MISHAP? MISHAP? (Thompson)
YES, HEARNE,
I TAKE YOUR POINT, BUT I THINK
IT’S A LITTLE PREMATURE TO BE TALKING ABOUT
ABANDONING THE OPERATION OR OF ANY MISHAP
TO THE LIEUTENANT,
FOR THAT MATTER. YES, SIR. (Thompson)
I HOPE YOUR ENTHUSIASM
ISN’T CATCHING. I HOPE SO, TOO, SIR. HOWEVER, IF IT ANSWERS
YOUR QUESTION, LT. LAWSON’S PART
IN THIS OPERATION
IS NOT, IN FACT, ESSENTIAL. IT IS MERELY A WAY
OF GAINING ADDITIONAL TIME. IF, FOR ANY REASON,
HE SHOULD BE UNABLE
TO TRANSMIT THE MESSAGE, WE SHALL STILL BE DOING
A VERY CONSIDERABLE SERVICE BY DESTROYING
THE JAPANESE RADIO. YES, SIR. NOW, WE’VE NEVER
ATTEMPTED TO PENETRATE THIS FAR INTO
JAPANESE TERRITORY… [whispering]
BLOODY SUICIDE MISSION. HEY, CAMPBELL. NOW’S THE TIME
TO SHOOT YOUR OTHER ARM. KNOCK IT OFF. [Thompson chattering] ♪[trumpet blowing]

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