An American submarine missing since World War II has been discovered roughly 75 years after it sank off the coast of Japan; with researchers saying the ship’s ultimate demise was a direct strike from a 500-pound bomb.
“The submarine was found on June 5, by the Lost 52 Project, which locates lost U.S. World War II submarines. In a statement translated from Japanese, the Lost 52 Project explained that the USS Grayback (SS-208) is the first U.S. submarine discovered off the coast of Japan,” reports Fox News.
“Japanese records indicate that the sub was sunk by a 500-pound bomb dropped by a naval bomber in February 1944. The bomb hit aft of the Grayback’s conning tower and the sub sank with the loss of her 80-strong crew,” adds Fox.
Scientists used undersea drones and other submersible craft to discover the Grayback at a depth of 1,427 feet approximately 50 miles off the coast of Okinawa.
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AMERICAN HERO: WWII Veteran Views DC Memorials, Passes Away on ‘Honor Flight’ Home
A World War II veteran passed away over the weekend on board an “honor flight” home after viewing memorials and attractions throughout Washington, DC.
“A 95-year-old military veteran died aboard an Honor Flight carrying World War II veterans back from a war memorial tour of Washington, D.C.,” reports USA Today.
“While on the all-expenses-paid trip back to his retirement home in California, Frank Manchel, the longtime owner of now-closed Price’s Menswear in Dearborn, collapsed aboard a chartered jet shortly before it was due to land Sunday,” adds the article.
“It was almost instantaneous,” said the founder of Honor Flight San Diego. “He was laughing, chatting, having a good time — and then he collapsed.”
Passengers on board said a prayer for the WWII veteran then draped his body in the American flag.
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COMING HOME: Remains of 22 US Soldiers Killed in Brutal WWII Battle Return to USA
The remains of more than 20 American soldiers killed in a brutal battle during World War 2 returned home Friday; ending decades of uncertainly for hundreds of family members across the country.
“An Air Force plane carrying the remains of 22 who died during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 – which took place on and around the remote island of Betio in the Pacific – landed Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The caskets containing the remains, which were draped in American flags, were then carried off the aircraft by Marines as part of a ceremony,” reports Fox News.
“We welcome home more than 20 American servicemen still unaccounted for from the battle of Tarawa during World War II,” Acting Defense Secretary Richard V. Spencer said. “We do not forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and it is our duty and obligation to return our missing home to their families and the nation.”
“Forensic archaeologists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) are now working to identify the remains and notify the next of kin, the Defense Department says. They are believed to belong to members of the 6th Marine Regiment who died during the last day of the 76-hour battle, the Associated Press reports,” adds Fox.
The human remains were discovered last March by non-profit organization History Flight; a group that has repatriated hundreds of deceased soldiers since 2015.
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