USS Gamble, destroyer/mine layer, DD-123/DM-15, being scuttled off Guam, after decommissioning, due to extreme damage from Japanese bombs off Iwo Jima. Witnessed by Admiral Chester Nimitz and staff.
The USS Gamble, destroyer/mine layer, DD-123, DM-15 being prepared for scuttling off of Guam, in final days of World War 2. Her severely damaged hulk is seen tied up to a pier. An inspection party examines her. View from camera on the Gamble as she is towed out of Apra Harbor, Guam. View of tugboat ahead, pulling her. View from another boat, of the Gamble with a tug at her port side. Six men are seen riding on her superstructure. Camouflage paint and numerals "15" are still visible on her hull. The tug at her side pulls away. Continued views from nearby boat as the Gamble is towed seaward for scuttling.
(Note:The USS Gamble was struck by two Japanese bombs off Iwo Jima on 18 February, 1945. After finally being assessed as damaged beyond repair, she was decommissioned, on June 1, 1945, and scuttled on July 16, 1945.)
View from conning tower of the submarine, USS Bowfin, in Apra Harbor, Guam, during World War 2. Officers and crew of the USS Bowfin stand in formation on the foredeck. With his back to the camera, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, stands at a microphone, reading a citation. He then steps forward to decorate Commander Alexander Kelly Tyree with the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Bowfin (SS-287), on the Seventh War Patrol of that submarine during the period 25 January 1945 to 25 March 1945. Admiral Nimitz then proceeds to decorate other officers and sailors of the Bowfin, as Navy photographers take photographs. The Admiral with two officers and a sailor hold hand salutes a while as the ceremony is finishing. Admiral Nimitz then steps from the Bowfin, across another submarine docked next to it, and down to his launch. He salutes, as the launch pulls away. (Another view of Nimitz stepping into his launch is inserted here, as well.) Glimpse of the officers back on the Bowfin. (Note: Commander Tyree subsequently received a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Navy Cross, following the War Patrol of the Bowfin from 29 May 1945 to 4 July 1945.)
United States Navy Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, aboard the USS Bowfin (SS-287) in Apra Harbor, Guam, during World War 2. He is there to decorate the Captain and crew of the boat. Admiral Nimitz is seen at a microphone, addressing officers and sailors. Cameramen taking the photographs of the event. Navy band playing in the background. Admiral Nimitz presents the Navy Cross to Commander Alexander Kelly Tyree, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Bowfin (SS-287), on the Seventh War Patrol of that submarine during the period 25 January 1945 to 25 March 1945. Admiral Nimitz then proceeds to decorate more officers and sailors from the crew. Nimitz returns to the microphone, reads a citation, and decorates several more crew members. He and other officers hold long hand salutes as the ceremony is concluding. Admiral Nimitz then announces the end of the ceremony and walks away. Camera focuses on a sailor with medal pinned on his shirt.
Near the end of World War 2, U.S. submarines were being refitted with extra guns and undertook more surface combat operations. Here, the USS Bowfin (SS-287) is seen in surface training activities off Guam, during May,1945. Its armament now includes (in addition to its original 4-inch/50 caliber deck gun) a Bofors 40mm aft of the conning tower and an Oerlikon 20mm cannon forward of it. As the Bowfin heads out, its deck gun is seen. Next, in a view from the conning tower fairwater, looking aft, the Bofors 40mm autocannon can be seen below. Scene shifts forward and then to side, where deck gun barrel is seen at extreme right of image. It fires at distant target boat. More views of targets being fired upon by autocannons and deck gun. Smoke rising from struck target. Sequence ends with the Bowfin firing a few rounds on its way back to Apra Harbor.
Survivors of USS Indianapolis (CA-35) disembark at Apra Harbor in Guam, Mariana Islands during World War II. USS Tranquillity (AH-14) enters the harbor to dock. It comes alongside the dock. The stern of the ship displays its name. The Union Jack flies from a jackstaff. Three nurses stand at the rail of the main deck aboard the ship. A gangway as landing stages are placed aboard USS Tranquillity. Survivors of USS Indianapolis (CA-35) disembark from the ship. Hospital corpsmen carry stretcher cases along the dock. Ambulances backed up to the gangway ladder on the dock as the hospital corpsmen place stretcher cases in the ambulances.