The Neptune - US Naval submarine commander Bill
Hollister (Tod Griffin) was called "Captain Neptune" because of his vast
experience in exploring the bottom of the sea. When ship's around the world
began disappearing, Captain Neptune battled the evil Kebeda (Harold
Conklin), a resident of the undersea kingdom of Nadiria (32,000 feet beneath
the ocean) who was out to destroy the surface dwellers on the live Sunday
night children's sci-fi program OPERATION NEPTUNE/NBC/1953.
Other cast members were Richard Holland as Captain Neptune's young assistant
Dink Saunders; Dehl Berti as Mersennus, Kebeda's henchman; Rusty Lane as
Admiral Bigelow, Margaret Stewart as Thirza; and Humphrey Davis as Trychus.
Created by Maurice Brockhauser, this sci-fi adventure ran from June 28 to
August 16, 1953.
TRIVIA NOTE: In Roman mythology,
Neptune was the God of water, later identified with Poseidon, the Greek god
of the sea.
The Normandy invasion of France on June 6, 1944 (a.k.a. "D-Day") received
the code name "Operation: Neptune" - the naval contribution of the overall
campaign dubbed "Operation Overlord."
According to The Early Eagle newsletter at vetjobs.com (Issue 4:06 -
Thursday, June 5, 2003) "Operation Neptune involved huge naval forces,
including 6,939 vessels: 1213 naval combat ships, 4,126 landing ships and
landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels. Some 195,700
personnel were assigned to Operation Neptune: 52,889 US, 112,824 British,
and 4988 from other Allied countries. By the end of 11 June, 326,547 troops,
54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the
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