• Zachery Bernabe

WWII warship found after 72 years

Seventy-two years since it was first sunk, the World War II warship, USS Indianapolis, has been found 18,000 feet under water in the Philippine Sea, according to NPR.

The ship was found by a search team of 16, lead by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen; they were joined by the 22 last living crew members of the Indianapolis.

According to BBC, Allen said, "To be able to honour the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role during World War Two is truly humbling. As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances."

The Indianapolis was most famously known for its last mission, which was kept secret because the ship was carrying parts and enriched uranium fuel for the atomic bomb, "Little Boy," later dropped on Hiroshima.

The ship was sunk four days after it delivered the supplies to Tinian Island, just a week before the dropping of the atomic bomb; the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945, according to the BBC. Of the 1,196 men aboard the ship, only 800 escaped and 316 survived, according to CNN.

According to a statement made by the US Navy, the ship is now a protected war memorial.