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One Sailor's StoryPosted Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 4:59 PM
Cromwell was privy to secrets regarding American submarine tactics for the War in the Pacific. The Sculpin took position to spy on a large Japanese naval convoy. At dawn, the enemy suddenly changed course. Without warning, the entire convoy, along with several destroyers and attack cruisers, headed directly towards the Sculpin.
Quickly they submerged and for two hours quietly waited as the enemy convoy passed overhead. After waiting what they thought was a safe amount of time, the Sculpin surfaced a mere 600 yards from the Yamagumo. The Japanese convoy Commander had heard that American submarines were in the area, and the huge destroyer had been left behind for just such an occasion. The fight was on.
Sculpin made an emergency dive, and struggled through two massive depth charge attacks. This left the submarine battered, with many of it's depth and pressure gauges damaged.
The crew fought on, and managed to evade the destroyer as it dealt with a surface squall. At noon, Commander Cromwell decided to creep to the surface to look around. The submarine's depth gauge was broken, and the the sub unexpectedly broached the surface, and again was detected. The sub took more depth charges in a relentless attack from the Yamagumo.
This crippled the sub even more. Commander Cromwell was forced to run the sub at full ahead underwater to keep from sinking. The destroyers' sonar was able to track the sub this way, and the attack continued.
Fearing that the submarine would be lost with all aboard, Commander Cromwell surfaced the ship, and engaged in a vicious surface battle, while allowing his men to escape the wounded sub in life rafts.
As the Submarine was about to go under for the last time, Commander Cromwell gave the order to abandon ship. Cromwell, fearing that through his capture, and probable torture, that he may give up critical secret information, stayed aboard and went down with his ship.
The Navy had no idea what had happened to the USS Sculpin until many months later. After VJ Day, surviving crew members were released from Japanese POW camps and told the story of Commander Cromwell's bravery.
For his actions, Commander John Phillip Cromwell, of Henry Illinois, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Who knows exactly where men gather the courage to bravely go to their deaths. Some say it is God, or duty, or perhaps it is faith.
Perhaps it is love.
Cromwell was fearful that he'd give up information that would cost many lives, and maybe a war.
This is the type of history that we should be teaching in schools, not the 'America sucks' stuff that is being taught now. Our youngsters should learn the stories of real heroes, and why they did what they did.
I doubt any of you have ever heard of Commander Cromwell. Why?
After 911, I heard some dummies marvel at the bravery of the Islamic terrorists. "Willing to die" for their cause. They believed that murdering thousands of innocents would vault them into a sexual Utopia complete with dozens of virgins.
Why do you think John Cromwell gave his life? For sex with virgins?
Brave and true people have given their lives for this country for hundreds of years. In the days ahead, I think we ought to remember our heroes, and honor their sacrifices.
The progressives have heroes. They are guys like Mao, and Che, and Marx. They treat the USA as the root of all evil, and I grow tired of that.
We are going to need some heroes as our Constitution, and our very Republic, are under attack. We need folks who will stand against the progressives.
It was George Washington who told us that the preservation of liberty was in the hands of the PEOPLE, not the government.
It is time to take that direction of President Washington seriously.
Ronald Reagan told us that "people are not free, unless government is limited."
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