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Wreck of USS Indianapolis discovered

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    John Woolston, a survivor of the USS Indianapolis who lives in Makiki, welcomed the news of the ship’s discovery with emotion.

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    The USS Indianapolis is shown at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa 1937.

  • COURTESY NAVIGEAT LTD. R/V PETREL

    The USS Indianapolis is seen in an underwater photo from the R/V Petrel submersible. The wreck of the World War II cruiser was found Friday, a civilian team of researchers announced.

  • COURTESY NAVIGEAT LTD. R/V PETREL

    A container label denoting “spare parts” was found amid the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The USS Indianapolis’ last commanding officer, Capt. Charles B. McVay III, left, tells war correspondents about the sinking of his ship during interviews on Guam in August 1945. McVay was a Honolulu resident.

The wreck lies in 18,000 feet of water and is in pieces, but with its anchor still in place and an identifying spare parts container lying on the seabed. Read more

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