Overdue and presumed lost

Posted by lex, on November 22, 2006

Here’s an interesting story – with a personal hook – about the USS Wahoo, the famed World War II submarine whose final patrol lasted 63 years:

The Wahoo became one of the most-celebrated submarines of World War II. In a year and a half, Morton’s crew sank at least 19 Japanese ships — more than any other submarine of the time.

Shortly after Wahoo left for her seventh patrol, a brother of one of the crew members came home to find his mother crying –

“I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And she showed me the newspaper. It said USS Wahoo was overdue and presumed lost.” Overdue and presumed lost. The phrase was accurate as far as it went; all the Navy knew was that the Wahoo had not returned to base.

Logue kept looking for his lost sibling:

(He) pored through naval records, made contact with Japanese researchers, traveled to Japan in search of the lost submarine, and helped erect a peace monument there.

And then, an extraordinary thing happened. War records showed that on Oct. 11, 1943, at 9:20 in the morning, an American submarine had been fired upon in the La Perouse Strait.

A Russian expedition came to the strait in August 2006. And there, in 200 feet of water, they found the wreck of a submarine.

Three weeks ago, the U.S. Navy confirmed it is most likely that of the USS Wahoo. 

They’re still on patrol, the crew of the Wahoo. They’re just not lost anymore.

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