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I watched this last night on Amazon Prime.  Interesting story about the battle damage and probably one of the worst skippers in WW2. You're 50 miles off the coast of Japan, you've been in ongoing battles for days and you order the ship to step down from battle stations. Radar picks up incoming bogies, multiple warnings from his own crew and the ships around him and yet, no battle stations called. Bomber comes in and well its bad. Then wants to court marshal crew that jumped ship or were literally blown off the ship and survived.

Ike

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3 minutes ago, Sedalia Dave said:

 

Promoted to his level of incompetence. :(

 

The Peter Principle* in action.  That boy done Petered out!  :wacko:

 

 

*The Peter principle is a concept in management developed by Laurence J. Peter, which observes that people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their "level of incompetence".

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Excellent documentary. I’m going to get that book!

 

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During WWII senior officers who screwed up were just shuttled away without charges. The government did not want any negative publicity of any kind. Bad for civilian morale and the war effort...in their mind anyway. Keep up the appearance that everything is going fine.

It still happens today to some extent but the 24hr news cycle is relentless. McCrystal, Grigsby, Petraeus, et al found that out.

Of course sometimes you don’t have to screw up at all.

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There was much heroism on board the Franklin.  The fact that the ship was saved was due to the heroic and very professional actions of the damage control men!  I don't know how it is nowadays, but during WWII, Navy damage control was superb!

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14 hours ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

During WWII senior officers who screwed up were just shuttled away without charges.

 

Unless your name was Captain Charles McVay and someone else screwed up, in which case you were made a convenient scapegoat.

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