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Un legendary Second World War constructing discovered “relatively intact” at 914 meters depth. Thursday, May 23, the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), answerable for preserving the historical past and heritage of the US Navy, introduced that it had found the submarine USS Harder off the coast of Luzon, the biggest island within the Philippines.

The submersible stands upright on its keel. Only injury brought on by depth prices is seen on the rear of the kiosk. The wreck was positioned by the Lost 52 Project, a personal group based by Tim Taylor, which searches for the 52 American submarines misplaced at sea throughout World War II. L'USS Harder is the thirteenth vessel discovered to this point.

“Hit them harder”

Commissioned on December 2, 1942, theUSS Harder was a Gato-class submarine, which shaped the spine of the American submarine fleet. The armament included a 76 mm cannon on the entrance of the kiosk, anti-aircraft weapons, however above all ten 533 mm torpedo tubes (six on the entrance, 4 on the rear). With its 95 meters in size and practically 2,500 tonnes of submerged displacement, it had a variety of greater than 20,000 km at 10 knots of pace.

Under the orders of order (the equal of frigate captain in France) Sam Dealey, the “Hit 'em HARDER” (“hit them harder”) will distinguish himself throughout six conflict patrols. In June 1943, within the waters of the island of Honshu, he broken an oil tanker after which a Japanese seaplane. From August to September, it’s going to sink one other six ships of the Imperial fleet, for a complete of 20,900 tons despatched to the underside.

In the Mariana Islands, from November to December, she sank or broken one other 5 ships, from minesweepers to troop transports. “The fifth war patrol of Harder was the most successful of the submarine,” feedback the NHHC. It sank three destroyers and significantly broken two others between May and June 1944 within the Celebes Sea, within the Indonesian archipelago.

54,000 tons of ships sunk

During his sixth and closing mission, theUSS Harder and theUSS Haddo destroy three escort ships off Bataan. But one other ship managed to flee the three torpedoes fired in opposition to it and despatched a number of depth prices. L'USS Harder was sunk on August 24, 1944. None of the 79 crew members survived. In complete, the submarine could have despatched 54,000 tons of enemy ships to the underside in six patrols. The ship acquired six Battle Stars and an Presidential Unit Quote.

“The wreck of theUSS Harder (SS 257) is a sunken American army craft, protected by American legislation and underneath the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy, recollects the NHHC. The wreck represents the ultimate resting place of sailors who gave their lives defending the nation and must be revered by all events as a conflict grave. »