Thursday, April 09, 2009

Newsvine - U.S. WWII shipwreck found off Australia's coast

The first Japanese vessel was a small submarine in Hawaii sunk just before the aerial attack on Pearl Harbor manned by two or three. It was found by underwater archaeologists testing their new equipment and found the "war grave" with a shell hole through the base of it's conning tower at great depth and upright on the bottom.

Incidentally a researcher who chastises both sides for the lack of research by both into the events that led up to the war, stated at Mainichi a mainstream Nippon newspaper (I think where I read it online by a westerner) that there was to be a "declaration of war" but on an unusually warm December day, attending a funeral eulogy for someone stretched into hours at the cemetery outside Washington, D.C., the minister took the opportunity to expound at great length, and the document was not translated until after the events according to him or her or both.

- Wed Apr 8, 2009 10:19 AM EDT I say that in memory of Leman Chapman Urquhart, Master Mariner, born on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada who left NYC for Savannah, Georgia at the helm of the "City of Atlanta" then torpedoed by U-123 in January of 1942 off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in the "Battle of the Atlantic" with only three survivors of the 47 on-board rescued by Sea Train Texas, one of the first in our waters to be sunk in "Operation Drumbeat" (Paukenschlag) by the German U-boat and its captain Reinhard Hardegen. Leman Urquhart, also a Savannah harbor pilot, was my grandfather's brother, and he served for many years in the Merchant Services on convoys to Russia and as an officer on the troop carrier USS Gen Simon B. Buckner. He once joked they had run out of Navy admirals and had to start using Army generals for ship names. - - Wed Apr 8, 2009 10:45 AM EDT

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