Poem for "Battle of Esperance"
Source: SLC Memorabilia Collection
On the eleventh of October in '42|
The SALT LAKE CITY showed her colors true
She rode the Pacific with a very small fleet
She was out that night the Japs to beat.
About twelve o'clock things were getting warm
The Yanks got the Japs in a helluva storm
They though they were smart and their troops would land
But we sunk their cruisers and all of the cans.
A brand new cruiser unknown to US
Topped the horizon to join the fuss
Up came the BOISE with her bow on fire
But we screened her starboard it was our desire.
We received two shells in our starboard side
But for that mistake, several Japanese died.
We exchanged shot for shot for quite awhile
The crew on the Shitsie had gone plumb wild.
The turrets threw salvos in 8 seconds flat
We will always wonder what the Japs thought of that.
The Shitsie ceased firing and then came the lull
The crew said hell this is getting dull.
If the Japs want to fight with a fighting crew
They can always be found on the Shitsie Maru.
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Ode to the "One Ship Fleet"
This is the story of the ONE SHIP FLEET|
Which can take it as well as dish it out neat
It was March 26th in '43
When this story was written for history
The SALT LAKE and RICHMOND with a handful of cans
Were patrolling the waters of distant lands
We contacted the Japs in early morn
And when we left they were most forlorn
The fight was not equal, far from that
The Japs had the advantage, but we went to bat
They had two ships, for each one of us
But we still had our guns, made for a fuss
They opened at us, and we answered with ten
A hit on one cruiser cost them some yen
Then they maneuvered and tried to outflank
Luck for us - the quality of our Rank
Of course we were hit; that can't be denied
But thanks to our Skipper only two of us died
A beautiful job of handling the ship
Is the thing that saved us for another trip
The Cans did their job in excellent form
And contributed their share to the total storm
We were dead in the water; the result of a hit
And those boys contributed more than a bit
The destroyers screened us with lots of smoke
And maneuvered like mad to stay in the yoke
The climax was really the best sight seen
A torpedo attack to save the QUEEN
That stopped the Japs and gave us time
While the engineers worked in all the grime
They succeeded at last in getting steam
And now Komandorski is a word from a dream
Shortly after noon, when all was quiet
The crew of the ship was still on a diet
So food was prepared and served in style
And eaten at stations which were manned quite awhile
When the battle was over, and the score on the line
We decided that Japs were by no means divine
We had used up most all of our ammunition
But it had been used to send Japs to perdition.
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