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the Division of Underwater Archeology of the US Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) has situated the stays of the well-known submarine USS Harder (SS 257)that shipwrecked within the Second World Warin it south china seaoff the Philippine island of Loose. At a depth of greater than 3,000 ft (greater than 900 meters), the ship stands on its keel comparatively intact, reviews the establishment answerable for preserving, analyzing and disseminating US naval historical past and heritage in an announcement. By its very design, they warn, figuring out a submarine presents critical challenges, however within the case of the Harder It has been attainable because of the good state of conservation of the wreck.

He USS Harder (SS 257) was misplaced at sea commanded by the legendary Commodore Samuel D. Dealeycon con 79 crew on board on August 24, 1944, after sinking a lot of the Japanese conflict fleet. “It was lost in the course of victory. We must not forget that victory has a price, just like freedom,” explains the director of the NHHC, Samuel J. Coxretired rear admiral of the US Navy.

The final recognized location of the submarine was within the South China Sea in comparison with Loose throughout his sixth and ultimate conflict patrol. At daybreak on August 22, 1944, the Harder and his associate USS Haddo (SS 255) attacked and destroyed three Japanese escort ships off Bataan. That identical evening, the coordinated assault group joined by the USS Hake (SS 256) in the event you direct to Caiman Pointin Looseto assault and severely harm the destroyer at daybreak Spread it going through the cape Bolinao.

Submarino USS Harder

Historical {photograph} of the US submarine USS Harder (SS 257).NHHC

He Haddo inform al Harder y al Hake that its provide of torpedoes had been exhausted and it was withdrawing to resupply. Before daybreak on August 24, the Hake sighted the escort ship CD-22 and patrol boat 102. When it approached to assault, the patrol boat turned towards the Dasol flood. He Hake interrupted the strategy, turned north and sighted the periscope of Harder between 600 and 700 meters forward earlier than diving to nice depths to flee. At 07:28, the crew of the Hake I heard the explosion of 15 fast depth costs. When he returned to the place the place he had sighted the periscope of the Harder I discovered solely a hoop of buoys masking a radius of half a mile.

Japanese information later revealed that the Harder fired three torpedoes at it CD-22. The Japanese ship prevented the torpedoes and launched a sequence of depth cost assaults at 07:28. The fifth assault sank the Harder and its heroic crew.

The sunken submarine obtained the Presidential Unit Citation for his first 5 patrols, six battle stars for his service within the Second World War and Commander Dealey obtained the posthumous Medal of Honor for his excellent contribution to the conflict effort.