USS Kiwi - An 1871 two-masted schooner
featured on the military adventure
THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY/NBC/1965-66. The USS Kiwi was a leaky
wooden ship used by US Army Intelligence to track Japanese troop
movements in the South Pacific during World War II. It was jointly
commanded by naval Lt. Richard "Rip" Riddle (Gary Collins) and Army
Major Simon Butcher (Jack Warden).
The USS Kiwi was based on the
real-life USS Echo, a leaky, two-masted schooner donated by the New
Zealand government in 1942 to the United States to help fight the
Japanese in the Pacific.
The series is based on Richard Murphy's book, "The Wackiest
Ship in the Army" which spawned the 1960 movie of the same name
starring Jack Lemmon as Lt. Rip Crandall and Rick Nelson as Ensign
Tommy J. Hanson, the second in command.
Poster for the 1960 film
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