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GetmorewithLes
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re: WWII Buffs – what was the most audacious action by a US unit in the war?
Your first two in the OP were ones that came to mind for me.

Patton's Army rescue of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge was pretty remarkable.

The mofo's that got the Yorktown seaworthy and ready for duty at Midway. The Japs had no expectation that the Yorktown could make it there.
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blueridgeTiger
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re: WWII Buffs – what was the most audacious action by a US unit in the war?
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Negative. Our precision bombing in 1947 were an oxymoron and would have one "decision maker" on trial for war crimes today. Those two bombs saved lives.


Sorry, my bad. I thought I was using the sarcasm font, but I guess not.


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4Ghost
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re: WWII Buffs – what was the most audacious action by a US unit in the war?
Thank you! Tarawa was literally hell on earth!


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saderade
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re: WWII Buffs – what was the most audacious action by a US unit in the war?
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I will vote for the U.S. Rangers at Pointe du Hoc. I was in Normandy a few weeks ago and took an extensive tour of the D-Day beach area. We went to Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches as well as St. Mere Eglaise among other places. We also went to Pointe du Hoc and stood on top of the 100 ft. cliff that those brave Rangers had to scale on D-Day. It was necessary for us to capture Pointe du Hoc because it was right between Omaha and Utah Beaches and from that point the Germans could fire at both beaches.
I did the same trip 3 years ago with my dad and I highly recommend it to anyone reading this thread. It is definitely something you will never forget.


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Korin
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re: WWII Buffs – what was the most audacious action by a US unit in the war?
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Patton's Army rescue of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge was pretty remarkable.

"How do I feel about being rescued by Patton? We didn't need to be fricking rescued by Patton."


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brass2mouth
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re: WWII Buffs – what was the most audacious action by a US unit in the war?
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Storming a fricking beach littered with mines and lined with armed Nazis. Nothing comes close.


or parachuted in behind enemy lines. That comes close.


I would jump 10 times and face all that flak before that beach.


frick that beach.


Jim Rockford
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re: WWII Buffs – what was the most audacious action by a US unit in the war?
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The last two war patrols conducted by Barb deserve mention. Under Commander Eugene B. Fluckey, her 11th patrol lasted from 19 December 1944 – 15 February 1945, in the Formosa Straits and East China Sea off the east coast of China, from Shanghai to Kam Kit. During this patrol, Barb sank four Japanese merchant ships and numerous enemy small craft. On 22–23 January Barbpenetrated Namkwan Harbor now called Yanpu Wan on the China coast, opposite the Matsu Islands, and wrought havoc upon a convoy of some 30 enemy ships at anchor. Maneuvering in dangerously shallow waters, Barb launched her torpedoes into the enemy group and then retired at high speed on the surface in a full hour's run through uncharted, heavily mined, and rock-obstructed waters. In recognition of this outstanding patrol, Commander Fluckey was awarded the Medal of Honor and Barb received the Presidential Unit Citation.

Upon completion of her 11th patrol, Barb was sent to the U.S. for a yard overhaul and alterations, which included the installation of 5 in (130 mm) rocket launchers at the Captain's request. Returning to the Pacific, she commenced her 12th and final patrol on 8 June. This patrol was conducted along the coasts of the Sea of Okhotsk. For the first time in U.S. submarine warfare, Barbsuccessfully employed rockets, against the towns of Shari, Hokkaido; Shikuka, Kashiho; and Shiritoru on Karafuto. She also bombarded the town of Kaihyo To with her regular armament, destroying 60 percent of the town. She next landed a party of carefully selected crew members who blew up a railroad train. During the night of 22–23 July 1945 these men went ashore at Karafuto, Japan, and planted an explosive charge that subsequently wrecked a train. They were: Chief Gunners Mate Paul G. Saunders, USN; Electricians Mate 3rd Class Billy R. Hatfield, USNR; Signalman 2nd Class Francis Neal Sever, USNR; Ships Cook 1st Class Lawrence W. Newland, USN; Torpedomans Mate 3rd Class Edward W. Klingesmith, USNR; Motor Machinists Mate 2nd Class James E. Richard, USN; Motor Machinists Mate 1st Class John Markuson, USN; and Lieutenant William M. Walker, USNR. This raid is represented by the train symbol in the middle bottom of the battle flag.[8]




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stratman
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re: WWII Buffs – what was the most audacious action by a US unit in the war?
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Storming a fricking beach littered with mines and lined with armed Nazis.

Nothing comes close.


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If you look at actual casualty figures, this isn't true at all.



Then lets see you do it.


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