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翻译自World War Two US Navy Destroyer History at Dome Island网站，由当时的奥班农号驱逐舰的无线电员Ernest A. Herr回忆。
The Maine Potato Episode
by Ernest A. Herr
On 5 April 1943, DesRon 21 was returning from a night of shelling Japanese shore installations deep in the New Georgia area of the Solomon Islands. Our destroyer, the O’Bannon, as part of this force, picked up a radar contact that turned out to be a large Japanese submarine cruising on the surface and apparently unaware of our presence. The Japanese lookouts undoubtedly were fast asleep.
We approached rapidly and were preparing to ram the sub. Our captain and other officers on the bridge were trying to identify the type of sub and decided, at the last minute, that it could be a mine layer. Not wanting to blow up ourselves along with the sub, the decision was made that ramming was not a wise move. At the last moment, the rudder was swung hard to avoid a collision and we found ourselves in a rather embarrassing situation as we sailed along side of the Japanese submarine.
On board the sub, Japanese sailors, wearing dark shorts and dinky blue hats, were sleeping out on deck. In what could be considered a rude awaking, they sat up to see an American destroyer sailing along side. Our ship however, was far too close to permit our guns lowered enough to fire and since no one on deck carried a gun, not a shot was heard. Ditto on the Japanese sub, no one there had a gun either. In this situation, no one seemed sure of the proper course of action and it probably would not have been covered in the manual anyway.Therefore everyone just stared more or less spellbound.
The submarine was equipped with a 3-inch deck gun and the sub’s captain finally decided that now was probably a good time to make use of it. As the Japanese sailors ran toward their gun, our deck parties reached into storage bins that were located nearby, picked out some potatoes and threw them at the sailors on the deck of the sub. A potato battle ensued. Apparently the Japanese sailors thought the potatoes were hand grenades. This kept them very busy as they try to get rid of them by throwing them back at the O’Bannon or over the side of the sub. Thus occupied, they were too busy to man their deck gun which gave us sufficient time to put a little distance between our ship and the sub.
Finally we were far enough away to bring our guns to bear and firing commenced. One of our shells managed to hit the sub’s conning tower but the sub managed to submerge anyway. At that time our ship was able to pass directly over the sub for a depth charge attack. Later information showed that the sub did sink. When the Association of Potato Growers of Maine heard of this strange episode, they sent a plaque to commemorate the event. The plaque was mounted in an appropriate place near the crews mess hall for the crew to see. Well, it was the crew’s battle.The story was picked up by the papers back in the States and, shortly thereafter, a full blown account of the event was covered by a story in the READERS DIGEST.Conversations with a crew member that served years later revealed that, while the plaque was still located in the crew’s mess hall, no one seemed to pay much attention to it nor knew much about it. I guess the crew was interested in making history but not particularly interested studying it.
Lou Cianca则是称当晚他自己就在船左舷中部的20毫米防空炮处值班。当时土豆储物柜或者是罐子就在他附近，在厨房附近的洗衣间隔壁。没人下去拿。当他们准备向看到的潜艇射击时，却发现这潜艇条件，连这20毫米防空炮都不能继续压下了，只能继续向潜艇的指挥塔射击。船只尚未在一级战备状态，人们在盯着那艘潜艇，然后从储物柜或者是罐子中掏出了土豆饼直接扔向潜艇。中队指挥官叫舰长撞击潜艇，但舰长说没有切割船艏，不能撞击，不过指挥官依然坚持，幸运的是最终没有这么做。一级声呐操作员CHARLES CONN升为少尉并离开了这艘船到了军官学校。原文：
In reference to the potatoes which were thrown at the Jap submarine, the navy version is incorrect! That night I, Louis Cianca was on watch on the 20 MM gun mid ship, port side. The potato lockers or bins were near me, they were next to the laundry room which was next to the galley. No one went below for the potatoes. When we were told to prepare to fire that a submarine was spotted we were along side of it. I could not depress my gun, I kept hitting the conning tower. Yes! I could see the Japs running around, Yes! Since we were not at general quarters there were men just looking at the sub and they started to take potatoes from the bins or lockers and started to throw them at the sub. At this time we had the squadron commodore aboard and he kept yelling at Capt. Mac to ram the sub, but Capt. Mac was yelling we cannot, for we do not have the cutting bow, but the commodore kept YELLING RAM THEM, good thing he did not, God only knows what would have happened to us if he did. For spotting the sub, 1st Class Sonar man CHARLES CONN was promoted to Ensign and left the mighty OBannon for officers school. I can see him now a big guy, yes, I remember the first cruise like it was yesterday.
UNITED STATES DESTROYER OPERATIONS IN WORLD WAR II中对此次战斗的描述：
...But destroyers Strong and O'Bannon of the task force screen make radar contact at 0218 with one of the picket subs.
Initial range was 7,000 yards. O'Bannon reported the suspicious "pip," and her captain, Lieutenant Commander D. J. MacDonald, was ordered to conduct an immediate investigation. It took MacDonald about ten minutes to get his ship within sighting range and identify the submarine's silhouette as "made in Japan."
That was all the destroyer men needed. O'Bannon passed ahead of the sub at a distance of about 90 yards. Before the Jap deep-sea sailors knew what hit them, a hot 5-inch salvo was punched down the submarine's throat. MacDonald ordered a K-gun attack. Three portside projectors let fly. The charges straddled the submarine. As the smoke frazzled out of the K-guns, MacDonald conned the ship away and then closed the range to 150 yards, and the destroyer men raked the sub with 1.1-inch and 20 mm. fire.
About 0319 O'Bannon's sonar men obtained sound contact with the submerged target, and MacDonald conned the ship for a depth-charge run. An 8-charge pattern was dropped. It was noted that "all charges functioned properly." This was technical way of saying that eight timed detonations were heard by the destroyer men, not to mention the submariners in the target submersible. Also, there was one particular very heavy explosion quite different in effect from a normal depth-charge explosion. Evidently something bigger than a light bulb had popped within the submarine.
Twice more MacDonald ran his destroyer over the spot, but O'Bannon's sonar was unable to re-establish contact with the sub. For the submarine had gone deep. Very deep. Flying over that locale the following day, American aviators sighted a large, undulant oil slick drifting on the surface of the "Slot." It was the last earthly remnant of the RO-34.
A tribute to
the officers and men
for their ingenuity in
using our now proud potato
to "sink" a Jap submarine
in the spring of 1943
of the state of Maine
June 14, 1945