Some new thoughts on Ron the War Hero...

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Some new thoughts on Ron the War Hero...

Post by duhast1 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:18 am

Been reading 4.4 of the War Hero page, and some things come to mind.

1. His dates of command. Three ships, YP-422, PC-815, and Algol.
Capt. of YP-422 for 36 days. (1942)
Capt. of PC-815 for 47 days. (1943)
Capt. of Algol for 69 days. (1944)

This is not a record to be proud of, it is absolutely abysmal. I was Navy, and for the last several years have been back in maritime work. Commands that short are not accidental, and I guarantee that the crews were completely aware of what a fuck-up elron was. Remember 'Mister Roberts' ? Elron claimed to be the inspiration for Roberts. BS. Elron was a real Captain Morton (James Cagney), absolutely loathed by his crews and officers, and laughed at behind his back.

2. USS YP-422. This was not a subchaser, or even a gunboat. YP does not even mean Yacht Patrol boat, it means Yard Patrol, 'yard' being a harbor. This craft at best could navigate close coastal waters and was designated to patrol harbors.

3. "Promoted to Commodore of Corvettes in the North Pacific." To be fair, though elron never rose above lieutenant, in this context "Commodore" is not a rank, but rather a title, a position, in the same way that as a lieutenant, he was "Captain" of the three craft. That having been said, IMHO, a lieutenant (O-3) would never hold the position of Commodore, it would be at least a lieutenant commander (O-4) and most likely a full commander (O-5) or above. But ultimately the point is moot, owing to the issue being fictional.
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Re: Some new thoughts on Ron the War Hero...

Post by Wieber » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:23 am

Wikipedia has articles on those ships.

USS YP-422
With picture
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_YP-422

USS PC-815
With picture
Includes L. Ron Hubbard's story, which is not the Scientology version.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_PC-815

USS Algol (AKA-54)
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Mentions L. Ron Hubbard. He did not command this ship.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Algol_(AKA-54)
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Re: Some new thoughts on Ron the War Hero...

Post by duhast1 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:35 pm

My bad on Algol. I read the reference to the 3 ships in 4.4 of "Ron The War Hero" as meaning command, when it just mentions 'deck duty' on all 3.
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