Explorers find WWII Navy destroyer, deepest wreck discovered


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The part where you think about just how long it took to sink all the way down to there.. just slowly falling for FOUR miles into the dark..

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The Samar engagement involving the ships of Taffy 3 was truly an epic, David vs. Goliath battle in the annals of naval warfare. Two other heroic ships that were sunk were the destroyers USS Johnston and USS Hoel.  

As a moving account by the BBC reported, about the Johnston:

 It was only after two hours of fighting, with the ship hit by dozens of shells and its survivors clinging to the rear of the battered vessel, the [Johnston] finally sank, taking with it 186 of her 327 crew. Survivors reported one of the Japanese destroyer captains saluting as it slid beneath the waves.

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It's an amazing story. The whole thing can be read about in the excellent book "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Soldiers."

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NCIS- thanks for the article link. Great story!

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There is a really cool video on YouTube that shows you the depth of each shipwreck in comparison. They'll have to update the video with Sammy B being found. Here is the link...

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over 22,000 feet!! OMG. I hope the last of the dead were already gone, the terror of sinking that far into the darkness and still being alive doesn't bear thinking about.

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