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The Galloping Ghost of the Japanese Coast

By Constantine Guiness, MoMM1/C

USS Trigger

United States Navy, 1943

I'm the Galloping Ghost of the Japanese Coast,
You don't hear of me or my crew-
But just ask any man off the coast of Japan
If he knows of the Trigger Maru.

I look sleek and slender alongside my tender,
With others like me at my side.
But we'll tell you a story of battle and glory,
As enemy waters we ride.

I've been stuck on a rock, felt the depth charges' shock,
Been north to a place called Attu.
And I've sunk me two freighters atop the equator-
Hot work, but the sea was cold blue.

I've cruised close inshore and carried the war
To the Empire island Honshu;
While they wired Yokohama I could see Fujiyama,
So I stayed - to admire the view.

When we rigged to run silently, deeply I dived,
And within me the heat was terrific-
My men pouring with sweat, silent and yet
Cursed me and the whole dammed Pacific.

Then destroyers came sounding and depth charges pounding;
My submarine crew took the test.
For in that far-off land there are no friends on hand
To answer a call of distress.

I was blasted and shaken - some damage I've taken;
My hull bleeds and pipe lines do, too.
I've come in from out there for machinery repair,
And a rest for me and my crew.

I got by on cool nerve and in silence I served,
Though I took some hard knocks in return-
One propeller shaft sprung and my battery's done-
But the enemy ships I saw burn!

I'm the Galloping Ghost of the Japanese coast,
you don't hear of me or my crew-
But just ask any man off the coast of Japan
If he knows of the Trigger Maru.

 

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