Made in cooperation with the United States Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy and directed by Jean Yarbrough, this May 1, 1956 episode of the CBS television series Navy Log is titled “Rock Break Scissors.” (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) This particular episode features character actor James Seay and comedian Joey Forman in a dramatic roll, and opens with Forman and his fellow sailors onboard the USS Hollister, a destroyer on patrol off the coast of North Korea. At mark 02:25, the bridge receives its orders: to take up a position to serve as a reference point for an upcoming airstrike on Hungnam, and provide warning to Task Force 77 in case of enemy air attack. (Task Force 77 performed a number of combat deployments during the Korean War, including air support as part of the UN forces.) During a general quarters drill starting at mark 03:20, the sailors rush to their battle stations, narrator Robert Carson explains how the men will arm and ready five-inch batteries as well as 40 mm and 20 mm guns. “Manned and ready — for anything.”To pass the time, some of the men play “Rock, Paper, Scissors” (which gives the episode title its name) before the action switches to the air at mark 05:25 as Navy pilots set up for their attack run and let loose as the North Korean city of Wonsan below them at the ground erupts into flames. During the fight, however, antiaircraft flak from the ground damages one of the planes, forcing the pilot to jump from the aircraft at mark 07:30. The Hollister responds on a rescue mission into heavily mined seas near Wonsan Harbor. “Duty: set a course through an uncharted mine field. Translation: possible sudden death,” Carson says at mark 12:35.Thinking back to his conversation with his sailors about how “rock breaks scissors,” the ship’s commanding officer realizes that the goal of that game, like the mission at hand, “is to outguess the other guy.” Realizing that the North Koreans would have needed to have established a safe channel for their own ships, the captain outsmarts the enemy by setting an intercept course straight down a central channel into the harbor. With a B-29 bomber and two F4U Corsair fighters flying cover at mark 16:30, the downed pilot is spotted at mark 17:45 and brought aboard as a Japanese aircraft opens fire. “Whatever the risk, a man is worth it,” Carson remarks.