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The USS Johnston has finally been located.

AlleyCatAlleyCat Posts: 459 Member

She was lost during the battle of Leyte Gulf on October the 25th 1944 when she engaged a vastly superior Japanese force off the Samar Island, allowing the escort carriers time to escape.


With Native American Captain Commander Ernest Evans at the helm, the destroyer played an instrumental role in buying time for the US escort carriers during the battle and was fittingly awarded a Presidential Unit Citation (the highest award that can be given to a ship). Evans was also awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for his bravery and was the first Native Amerian to receive such a decoration.


  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,129 Senior Member
    Locating all these vessels and aircraft is great.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,203 Senior Member
    The RV Petrel found some wreckage that they believed to be the Johnston a year or so ago, but it was laying on the edge of the Philippine Trench which is nearly 35,000 feet deep...and had no way of getting deep enough to get pictures of her hull....she and a good share of her crew lay nearly 5 miles down....Glad her hull was found and documented

    I'm hopeful that at some point they will find the U.S.S. Hoel DD-533 and the U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts DE-413 that were lost in the same battle.

    All awesome fighting ships and crews....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,204 Senior Member
    May all the souls aboard finally find peace. 😇

    I hope all the fallen are one day found.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,466 Senior Member
    Very cool!  One of the great examples of "stones" in naval history.

    I find it fascinating how the steel shipwrecks from that general period vary so greatly in condition - from the Titanic becoming little more than an orange stain on the sea floor to the ID numbers still being clearly visible on the Johnston.

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,203 Senior Member
    Those three ships were shot to pieces...going up against Japanese Battleships and Cruisers, not to mention the Destroyers... Engaging so close at times the Japanese ships coudnt depress their primary guns enough to engage them...all the while the U.S. crews were peppering superstructure with 40 and 20 mm anti-aircraft guns.

    Another interesting incident was one of the escort carriers in Taffy 3 took on a Japanese Cruiser with her 5" "stinger" located on her stern, causing enough damage that the Cruiser retired from the fight.

    From start to finish...one of greatest sea battles in history...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,129 Senior Member
    I think I read somewhere recently that the steel is valuable salvage for looters. Apparently it doesn't have post war radiation in the molecular structure. Making it suitable for certain use that post war steel is too radioactive for. The vessels in deep water being relatively safe from such desecration.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,203 Senior Member
    edited April 3 #8
    The U.S.S. Houston and the Admiral Graf Spee were victims of wreckers...The guys who were salvaging Houston from were bringing up human remains and just tossing them overboard...

    There is an unsubstantiated rumor that there were some 1911s made from Graf Spee steel...

    Fortunately, the wreck sites/war graves in the Pacific are far too deep to salvage for the most part...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
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