Capture of the Tachibana Maru

War Tales

Harry Allcroft of Port Charlotte, Fla. holds a Japanese carbine and a Samurai sword he “liberated” from some of the contraband found aboard the Japanese hospital ship Tachibana Maru. Sun photo by Don Moore

The Tachibana Maru was the only Japanese ship captured under sail by the U.S. Navy during World War II.

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