Hunk of World War II US Destroyer Discovered Off Alaskan Island

August 16th, 2018
Hunk of World War II US Destroyer Discovered Off Alaskan Island
Sonar spotted the lost stern of the USS Abner Read, which was cleaved in two by an explosion during the Battle of the Aleutian Islands.After 75 years, wrecked remains of a U.S. Navy destroyer, cleaved in two during World War II by an underwater explosion, has been located in frigid waters off the Aleutian island of Kiska. A NOAA-funded team of scientists discovered the stern of the USS Abner Read on the seafloor, offering some closure for families who have had only a vague idea of where their loved ones perished.On August 18, 1943, the USS Abner Read was making its way through the Bering Sea, south of Alaska, when a massive explosion ripped through the ocean. It was the middle of the night—about 1:50 a.m.—and the U.S. Navy sailors on board were asleep in their bunks. The blast, presumed to have been from a Japanese mine, was ... read more
Source: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rssPublished on 2018-08-16By Natasha Frost

 

 

 

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