What a Broom Tied to a Periscope Means in the U.S. Navy

On February 7, 1943, the USS Wahoo sailed proudly into Pearl Harbor, a broom tied to her periscope. It was a wink to an old Naval tradition signifying a clean sweep of her enemies. (1:47)

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