Potato Fact #220

The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor came so suddenly and unexpectedly that many of the U.S. ships’ anti-aircraft weapons were never used. Ships returned fire with machine guns, 16-inch rifles, and in two reported cases, potatoes. Veterans from the transport ship USS Argonne and the hospital ship USS Solace both recall potatoes being thrown at passing Japanese planes—”they were that close.” None of the 5″/38 guns were fired.