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Shipwreck From Only WWII Battle in America Found Off Alaska
Scientists have discovered part of the stern section that was blown off a U.S. Navy destroyer during World War II in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Researchers announced Aug. 15 that they found the stern from the USS Abner Read last month in the Bering Sea, nearly 75 years after it hit a mine left by the Japanese after a bloody battle in the Aleutian Islands. Scientists using multi-beam sonar discovered the 75-foot (23-metre) stern about 290 feet (88 metres) below the Bering Sea. The scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Delaware found the stern section during a research mission funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "When it comes down to it, we're doing this work to try and find and resolve untold stories," said Andrew Nager, an engineer at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego. "Try and resolve lost ones in terms of bringing closure to families." Daryl Weathers, 94, of Seal Beach, California, was a young sailor on the Abner Read when it struck a Japanese mine. "I didn't have time to be terrified," he said. "You know what to be terrified of, you know this is an explosion in the middle of the night and the other end of the world. So you had to do what you need to do to stay alive." The blast killed 71 men aboard. The remaining 250 crew members made the ship watertight, and it limped back to the West Coast for repairs.