Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nov

8

1942

Operation Torch: U.S. forces land in North Africa

American troops on board a landing craft heading for the beaches at Oran in Algeria during Operation 'Torch', November 1942.

He accomplished the berthing of his ship, then went to the forward deck and assisted by one officer secured the forward mooring lines. He then with utter disregard of his own personal safety went to the quarter-deck and assisted in securing the aft mooring lines so that the troops on board could disembark. At that time the engine room was in flames and very shortly thereafter exploded and the ship turned on its side and sank.