By Steve Dellar  |  03-20-2018   News
Photo credit: @PaulGAllen | Twitter

Having already discovered the USS Lexington earlier this month, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Mr. Paul Allen’s team has now discovered another famous American warship attacked by the Japanese navy during the second world war. It’s sinking at the time claimed more than 600 lives.

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Thanks to the efforts of the billionaire, the warship USS Juneau was located off the coast of the Solomon Islands on St Patrick’s Day.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Undersea wreck-hunter <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PaulGAllen</a> keeps finding wrecks. <a href="https://t.co/hOGRz3ofUU">https://t.co/hOGRz3ofUU</a> Now it&#39;s the USS Juneau (CL-52), eternal home of the five Sullivan brothers. Happy St. Patty&#39;s Day to the brave sons of Waterloo, Iowa. All hail another hero ship of the Guadalcanal campaign.</p>&mdash; James D. Hornfischer (@navy1944) <a href="https://twitter.com/navy1944/status/975840102667702272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Sunk by Japanese torpedoes in November 1942, the unfortunate incident took the lives of 687 men, famously including five brothers known as the Sullivans from Waterloo, Iowa.

George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert had refused to serve in the navy unless they could be posted to the same unit. Unfortunately, they all sailed on the same doomed ship.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WWII ship USS Juneau located by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RVPetrel?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RVPetrel</a> on St. Patrick’s Day—unexpected coincidence since she is best known for the Sullivans, all 5 brothers were lost, along with the other 682 sailors. Only 10 survived the sinking by Japanese torpedoes. <a href="https://t.co/FOkRwR6FXc">https://t.co/FOkRwR6FXc</a> <a href="https://t.co/1PZjNP1uHd">pic.twitter.com/1PZjNP1uHd</a></p>&mdash; Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/status/975822232122408961?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Subsequently, these brothers became navy heroes and in their honor, a destroyer was named after them.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sullivan brothers&#39; ship USS Juneau found in South Pacific<a href="https://t.co/JnKLefR4bX">https://t.co/JnKLefR4bX</a> <a href="https://t.co/kcehYgk7lh">pic.twitter.com/kcehYgk7lh</a></p>&mdash; KWWL (@KWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/KWWL/status/975859916857659393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr. Robert Kraft, the director of subsea operations for Mr. Paul Allen, commented: “We certainly didn’t plan to find the Juneau on St. Patrick’s Day. The variables of these searches are just too great,”

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WWII ship USS Juneau located by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RVPetrel?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RVPetrel</a> on St. Patrick’s Day—unexpected coincidence since she is best known for the Sullivans, all 5 brothers were lost, along with the other 682 sailors. Only 10 survived the sinking by Japanese torpedoes. <a href="https://t.co/FOkRwR6FXc">https://t.co/FOkRwR6FXc</a> <a href="https://t.co/1PZjNP1uHd">pic.twitter.com/1PZjNP1uHd</a></p>&mdash; Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/status/975822232122408961?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“We’re dealing with an environment out here that is very harsh … It’s thousands of meters deep and it’s very unpredictable. We’re putting, you know, a lot of electronics and high voltage down in very deep waters and sea waters where it shouldn’t belong, and so that always presents challenges.”

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Vice Admiral Mr Rich Brown of Naval Surface Forces said: “As the fifth commanding officer of USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), a ship named after five brothers, I am excited to hear that Allen and his team were able to locate the light cruiser USS Juneau that sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal.”

“The story of the USS Juneau crew and Sullivan brothers epitomize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s greatest generation.”

Source:

https://news.usni.org/2018/03/19/paul-allen-finds-sullivan-brothers-cruiser-uss-juneau

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