Researchers have found and recorded images of the first American ship of World War II to fire during the attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1944, three years after the attack, the USS Ward was destroyed by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft. It sank at the bottom of Ormoc Bay, off the island of Leyte in the Philippines, and was never seen again, until now.
According to ABS-CBN News, scientists found the USS Ward at a depth of approximately 650 feet on December 1. As the military publication Stars and Stripes reported, an expedition to find the wreck was taken on board the 250-foot research vessel, the Petrel. According to a press release from Petrel owner Paul G. Allen, the Petrel is one of the only boats capable of collecting data from depths as low as 3 and a half miles. Allen is an American philanthropist and investor who, along with Bill Gates, was a co-founder of Microsoft.
According to Wall Street Journal the crew of the USS Ward, a class Destroyer Wickes, discovered a Japanese submarine just over an hour before the attack on Pearl Harbor began on the morning of December 7, 1941. They fired the first shots and sank a valuable Japanese submarine of 80 feet that could have torpedoed the port before The air attack will begin, when it was still dark.
"The USS Ward found itself in the crucible of American history, at the intersection of a peacetime navy and war, taking decisive, effective and unwavering measures despite the uncertainty Now, 76 years later , his example informs our naval stance, "Admiral Scott Swift, current commander of the United States Pacific Fleet, said in the press release.
Allen has directed several expeditions recovery from World War 2. According to the press release, during the same November mission in which they captured images of the Ward, the crew on board the Petrel captured the video of five other ships: the IJN Yamashiro (a battleship dreadnought Fuso class ), the IJN Fuso (an armored class dreadnought Fuso), the Yamagumo (an Asashio class destroyer), the Asagumo (an Asashio class destroyer) and the Michishio (an Asashio class destroyer), all were lost on the 25th of ctubre of 1944, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which, according to the United States Naval Institute, was the largest naval battle in history. More than 4,000 men were lost. However, according to the Star Tribune the crew of the USS Ward did not suffer a single death; the crew was able to leave the ship before it sank.