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#1 gwb123

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 02:18 PM

https://www.bbc.com/...canada-49050972

 

A private dive team has found the last American warship sunk off the US east coast in WWII - solving a 75-year-old naval cold case.

 

The sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 was first deemed an accident until new evidence established it had been hit by a German submarine.

 

Its location remained a mystery until June 2018, when the ship was found five miles (8km) off the coast of Maine.



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 05:04 PM

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#3 dskjl

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:48 PM

Great post and what an amazing turn of events, History is rewritten, not by popular opinion but though discovery and proof.



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:13 PM

with 13 survivors i wonder how it was ever considered an accident ?



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:19 PM

guess i should read first, post later...

 

Its sinking was initially blamed on a boiler explosion, despite accounts from surviving crew members, who said they had spotted a German submarine before their ship sank.

In a rare move, the Navy overturned its initial ruling after declassified German documents confirmed that the Eagle had been hit by a torpedo.

The sinking was changed to a combat loss and all of the Eagle's crew members were posthumously awarded a Purple Heart for their service.

"History was rewritten," Mr Neyland said. The discovery is invaluable recognition for the crew of the Eagle "for having their ship shot at beneath them".



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 09:39 PM

Interesting read and a nice verified conclusion.


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