Operation Pacific (1951)

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During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.




  • John Wayne in Operation Pacific (1951)
  • "Operation Pacific," Warner Bros. 1950.
  • John Wayne in Operation Pacific (1951)
  • Gary Cooper visiting John Wayne on the set of "Operation Pacific," Warner Bros. 1950.
  • Operation Pacific (1951)
  • Operation Pacific (1951)

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16 February 1999 | Danz-2
| "Take 'er down!" is a line from the movie and from a real life submarine commander in WWII.
I was stationed on the submarine tender, "U.S.S. Howard W. Gilmore" during the Viet Nam War. It was there that I learned about Cdr. Howard W. Gilmore and the "U.S.S. Growler." The "Growler," under the command of Cdr. Gilmore, was on patrol in early 1942 when she came under attack by a Japanese gunboat. Gilmore was mortally wounded and as he lay on the bridge of the sub gave the command to "Take 'er down!" just as "Pop" did in "Operation Pacific" and thus saved the crew further casualties. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his action. Also the "Growler" rammed the gunboat and bent the bow of the sub just as depicted in "Operation Pacific." I would be interested in knowing if the film used the Gilmore/"Growler" incident as its basis for the scene depicted with Ward Bond, and if there were other facts in the film based on real incidents.

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