The world WAR ii sunken ship, USS Juneau discovered by Paul Allen
The wreck of the sunken second world WAR, military ship, USS Juneau, was discovered on March 17, 2018 for the coast of the solomon islands by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s expedition crew on the research vessel in August.
The wreck of the USS Juneau, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo and lost 687 sailors in 1942, was discovered by the billionaire Paul Allen’s crew.
Five brothers of the family Sullivan were famous lost on the USS Juneau. Their story, that attracted wide attention, was depicted in the 1944 film “The Fighting Sullivans.” Two USS Navy ships with the name “The Sullivans” in memory of the brothers.
The brothers wanted to serve on the same ship despite the navy’s policy of preventing brothers and sisters from each other.
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The USS Juneau was found on St. Patrick’s Day resting on the seabed in the vicinity of the Solomon Islands. An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from the research vessel in August for the first time identified the wreck using sonar on 17 March. The next day, a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) was deployed in August to verify the wreck, the capture of video images of the Juneau.
The prop of the USS Juneau rest on the sea floor. (Navigea, R/V-August)
“We are certainly not going to Juneau on St. Patrick’s Day. The variables of these searches are simply too large,” says Robert Kraft, director of the subsea activities for Paul Allen, in a statement. “But the find of the USS Juneau on Saint Patrick’s Day is a unexpected coincidence of the Sullivan brothers and the service members who lost 76 years ago.”
Juneau was sunk on Nov. 13 1942 during the Battle for Guadalcanal. When a second torpedo hit the port side, an explosion cut the ship in half, killing most of the crew. The light cruiser sunk in just 30 seconds. Around 115 of Juneau’s crew are believed to have survived the sinking of the ship, including, possibly, two of the Sullivan brothers. However, with the AMERICAN troops, concerned about the risk of further Japanese attacks, relief was only eight days later. Only 10 men were rescued from the water.
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The first ship is named after the brothers, USS The Sullivans (DD-537), was commissioned in 1943 and is now a museum ship in Buffalo. The second ship to bear the family-name (DDG-68) is in active service as a guided missile destroyer.
The Sullivan brothers photographed aboard the USS Juneau, 14 Feb. 1942 From left to right: Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George Sullivan (Courtesy of the U. S. Naval History and Heritage Command)
“As the fifth commander of the USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), a ship named after five brothers, I am excited to hear that Allen and his team are able to locate the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52) which was sunk during the Battle for Guadalcanal,” said Vice-Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces, in a statement. “The story of the USS Juneau crew and the Sullivan brothers epitomize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s greatest generation.”
The expeditions led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen have discovered that there are a whole host of historic military shipwrecks such as the USS Lexington, which occurred earlier this month, 76 years after it was lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
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The USS Juneau In the Port of New York, 11 Feb. 1942. (Courtesy of U.S. National Archives)
Last year, Allen’s crew found the long-lost wreck of the USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea. The sinking of the Indianapolis, which delivered the a-bomb on Hiroshima, and is mentioned in the movie “Jaws” in 1945 resulted in the largest single loss of life at sea in U.S. Navy history. Of 1,196 crew aboard the cruiser, only 317 survived.
Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers