by Walter R. Borneman
The stories of family members who served on the same Naval ships in World War II.
SOURCE: New York Times
Sunk in 1942, a team of wreck hunters set out to find the U.S.S. Wasp.
The wreck of a WWII US Navy aircraft carrier, lost for 76 years, has been found in the South Pacific
It had lain dormant on the murky ocean floor -- some three miles beneath the surface -- for more than 76 years.
SOURCE: Press Release -- U.S. Navy
Rear Adm. (Ret.) Samuel Cox recently assumed responsibilities as the new director of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).
by Bill Fawcett
Or, how stupid decisions combined with general incompetence tends to lead to failure.
A century and a half after USS Monitor sank, the interment of two unknown crewmen found in the Civil War ironclad's turret is bringing together people from across the country with distant but powerful ties to those who died aboard.The ceremony Friday at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington will include Monitor kin who believe the two sailors — whose remains were discovered in 2002 — are their ancestors, despite DNA testing that has failed to make a conclusive link. But the families stress that the interment pays homage to all 16 Union sailors who died when the ship went down, and nearly 100 people from Maine to California are expected to attend."When I learned they were going to do a memorial and have the burial at Arlington, it was like, 'I can't miss that,'" said Andy Bryan of Holden, Maine, who will travel with his daughter Margaret to the capital. He said DNA testing found a 50 percent likelihood that Monitor crewman William Bryan, his great-great-great-uncle, was one of the two found in the summer of 2002, when the 150-ton turret was raised from the ocean floor off Cape Hatteras, N.C."If it's not William Bryan, I'm OK with that," Bryan said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I feel like I should be there."...
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