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USS Hornet found
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:10 AM

The USS Hornet has been located:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uss-hornet-wreckage-world-war-two-warship-discovered/

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:21 AM

Thanks for that link Baron. Incredible how they are finding these sunken ships.

 

And I do love the surviving sailors sense of humor...

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:41 AM

Thanks for putting this up.  After she was abandoned, she took US torps to keep her from possibly falling into enemy hands.

When they found the Lady Lex, was hoping they could eventually find her.  Also hope they are able to continue with their efforts in the future and document these war graves for future generations and maybe give some closure to families and survivors.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:46 AM

That is awseome, thanks for the link Baron! 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:13 PM

goldhammer

Thanks for putting this up.  After she was abandoned, she took US torps to keep her from possibly falling into enemy hands.

When they found the Lady Lex, was hoping they could eventually find her.  Also hope they are able to continue with their efforts in the future and document these war graves for future generations and maybe give some closure to families and survivors.

 

IIRC, the US torpedoes did not do the job, and the IJN actually sank her wreck.

 

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:17 PM

On relfexion, I think you are right, as we had to vacate in a hurry as we were overwhelmed right then.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:33 PM

goldhammer

On relfexion, I think you are right, as we had to vacate in a hurry as we were overwhelmed right then.

 

Yes, the IJN surface fleet was bearing down upon the ships left with Hornet, and there was no sense in sacrificing them for a burning wreck. Santa Cruz was the IJNs last “victory”, although it pretty much gutted their air groups in that victory. Both navies carriers were done for 1942. The US had one damaged fleet carrier left in the Pacific, and the IJN had two with not enough trained aircrew for a single air group.

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:44 PM

Enterprise had taken a couple of bombs, and Sara was still repairing torpedo damage for the second time since the war started.

Not much to hold the line, since the other surface units were still real thin to non-existant.  Dark days, but a glimmer of light was beginning to show through.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:27 PM

goldhammer

Enterprise had taken a couple of bombs, and Sara was still repairing torpedo damage for the second time since the war started.

Not much to hold the line, since the other surface units were still real thin to non-existant.  Dark days, but a glimmer of light was beginning to show through.

 

Yup. A few old slow battleships along the West Coast, and the USS Washington and USS South Dakota.  USS North Carolina was also undergoing repairs from the same torpedo spread that sank USS Wasp. The first night of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal would show how thin that the US surface fleet was in the battle zone

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by tankboy51 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:23 PM

My dad was a crew man on the USS San Juan during the battle, so as a little kid he used to tell us stories of the battle of Santa Cruz, about how the weather was and of the bomb that hit them and passed thru them.  So it was something we lived with.  He was with mostly the Enterprise during that battle.  But I'm glad they found the Hornet.

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  • From: Denver
Posted by tankboy51 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:32 PM

The only time I saw my fater cry was telling me how shocked he was when he saw the USS Wasp blow up when She was torpedoed on a clear day out of no where.   He did not see the other damage done by that submarine.

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Posted by Phil_H on Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:36 AM

ROV footage of the wreck.

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