Potato Fact #17

In 1943, the USS O’Bannon encountered a Japanese submarine in the middle of the night. Too close for gun battle, the crew began hurling potatoes at the enemy sub. Believing the potatoes were hand grenades, the Japanese crew was too preoccupied to man the sub’s 3-inch deck gun, allowing O’Bannon to reach firing distance and eventually sink the sub with a depth charge.