|By Kramer Phillips | 3 years ago|
In 1945, the U.S.S. Indianapolis succumbed to a Japanese torpedo and sank into the Pacific. On Sunday, a live expedition announced that it had found the ship’s final resting place—and become the first humans to see the ship in more than 72 years.
The expedition traveled in a research vessel belonging to Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, who had personally outfitted it with scanning technology capable to searching more than 19,000 feet beneath the ocean surface. They found the US warship in the northern Pacific at a depth of 18,045 feet.
The ship was delivering supplies for the planned atomic-bomb drop on Hiroshima on its last voyage when a Japanese submarine struck it with two torpedoes in the early morning of July 30, 1945. Within 15 minutes, the ship was completely submerged, taking more than three-fourths of the crew down with it and leaving many of the survivors stranded at sea for days.
“To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role during World War II is truly humbling,” Allen said in a press release on his website. “As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances.”
The team has found other lost ships with Allen’s help before. Its past successes include discovering the Japanese battleship Musashi in 2015 and the Italian World War II destroyer Artigliere in March.
The Navy said that the USS Indianapolis’ wreckage will be a protected war memorial, but its location will remain confidential.