It all started at dawn during the invasion. We were going in to land for a general overhaul when a Japanese suicide plane flew into our bridge, killed five of our men, and set the ship afire. A destroyer ship came alongside and smothered us with foam so quickly that the flames were extinguished before an explosion could take place. I didn't feel unusually fearful during all of that action. The reaction came when we were quietly anchored in the bay later. Suddenly, I was so overcome with horror that I had to lock myself in my cabin. I was convinced that our ship and crew were doomed to destruction.
79. According to the passage, the destroyer ……… .
A) prevented further damage to the ship
B) fired at the author's ship several times
C) started a fire on board the ship
D) began burning after the incident
E) was extinguished before it could explode