Captured Same

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon May 17 04:55:43 UTC 2010

Laurence Horn wrote:
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> At 11:34 PM -0400 5/16/10, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
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>> BTW, wasn't the original quote "Sighted Sub Sank Same"?

Without doing extensive research, I note that BOTH versions ("sighted"
vs. "saw") appeared in the newspapers in Jan. and Feb. 1942 ... and that
other details varied even this early ... and that I can't find the
message in 1941 or earlier (at a glance). Some Web sites claim the story
is unverified or bogus. I myself remember hearing this message (with
"sighted") being quoted casually ca. 1960.

-- Doug Wilson

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