Fast-emerging British singer, songwriter and pianist Reuben James’ virtuoso jazz techniques and soulful, evocative voice have led him to be widely regarded as one the most exciting and creatively assured artists to have emerged in recent years. Dezember 1838 in Washington, D.C.) war ein Boatswain's mate der United States Navy, der für eine angebliche oder tatsächliche Heldentat im Amerikanisch-Tripolitanischen Krieg berühmt wurde. The target – Reuben James – was decommissioned in 2013 after 27 years of service, which included convoy duty during the Iran-Iraq War and a nine month deployment in 2002 and 2003. For gunner’s mate Walter Sorensen, his main wish was to come home on leave just once more, “even if it is only for a few days.” “Ol’ Rube” was not as rugged or in the same class as modern destroyers like the Kearny, but “in an emergency … these craft must be used as found,” retired Admiral William V. Pratt told Newsweek magazine. The Navy performed these duties while the United States maintained its official neutrality. Germany defended the attack. The Reuben James’ last day was October 31, 1941. The ship was escorting an allied convoy near Iceland. Terrified sailors heard the depth charges arm themselves, and then the charges exploded, hurling debris and men into the air. As the crew abandoned ship, U-552 raked them with machine-gun fire, killing all but three of the 27 men. the latter part of 1941, U.S. Navy ships provided escorts for convoys fair game, it was only a matter of time before we became involved in a Convoy duty was hazardous and becoming more so by the day. Kingston Trio - Sinking of the Reuben James Lyrics. Those who survived the blast jumped into the frigid water. At daybreak, she was about 600 miles west of Ireland and “blacked out to avoid reflection in the inquisitive monocles of U-boat periscopes,” as Newsweek put it. I know you will though….” Before she could mail her letter, however, she learned that her husband would not return. A D Did you have a friend on the Good Reuben James? On October 23, 1941, the Reuben James left Argentia, Newfoundland, to escort convoy HX-156. Aboard USS Reuben James (DD 245) when hit on 31 Oct 1941 D C G Did you have a friend on that good Reuben James Verse 3 G G D G It was there in the dark of that uncertain night G D G That we watched for the U-boats and waited for the fight. The escalating danger worried the crew of the Reuben James. Woody Guthrie was staying at the Almanac House in Greenwich Village when he wrote this song. It also includes photos of DE-153 and Guided Missile Frigate Reuben James FFG-57. On the Reuben James, torpedoman Robert Howard recalled, “All you had was a pair of binoculars and a rubber ear to press against the skin of the ship to listen for [submarine] screw noises.”. It changed the world more than any other single event in history. Japanese officials were strangely silent. Woody Guthrie had started to write a song including each name on the casualty list of the sinking. Have you heard of a ship called the good Reuben James Manned by hard fighting men both of honor and fame? Five weeks later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Congress declared war on Japan, and Germany declared war on the United States. Woody Guthrie had started to write a song including each name on the casualty list of the sinking. G C G Then a whine and a rock and a great explosion roared G D G And they laid the Reuben James … On October 31, 1941, the USS Reuben James became one of America’s first casualties of war—even before war was declared. My two Uncles died on board when the ship was sunk. 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