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This Tiny U.S. Navy Warship Sank the Most Submarines in History

After the RO-104 had been sunk, Williamson was on his way to the England's wardroom for coffee when a young seaman asked him how many men had been on that sub, and how he felt about killing them. Williamson replied that there were 40 to 80 crewmen, and that war is kill or be killed. “But, somehow, when I finally reached the wardroom, that cup of coffee didn't taste as good as I thought it would,” he recalled.

Admiral Ernest King, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Navy, had this to say about the destroyer escort's exploit: "There will always be an England in the U.S. Navy."

For almost 73 years, the USS England has set a record for most subs sunk by a single ship. That record remains unbroken.

Michael Peck is a contributing writer for the National Interest. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Image: The USS England off San Francisco, 1944. Wikimedia Commons/Public domain