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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-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.

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

Always looking for uniquely marked helmets, WWI and WWII American Field Service items, WWII and earlier USMC items and named or numbered medals and medal groups.


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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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Interesting read and a nice verified conclusion.

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