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Gary Collins and Jack Warden - Wackiest Ship in the ArmyUSS 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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