Wreckage found of ship sunk during Second World War with five brothers on board
The USS Juneau was hit by Japanese torpedoes in 1942, killing hundreds of men, including the five Sullivan brothers from Iowa.
The wreckage of a sunken military ship on which five brothers died in the Second World War has been discovered in the South Pacific.
The finding was confirmed by a spokeswoman for philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who announced that wreckage from the USS Juneau was found on Saturday off the coast of the Solomon Islands.
The ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes in 1942, killing hundreds of men, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa.
WWII ship USS Juneau located by #RVPetrel on St. Patrick’s Day—unexpected coincidence since she is best known for the Sullivans, all 5 brothers were lost, along with the other 682 sailors. Only 10 survived the sinking by Japanese torpedoes. https://t.co/FOkRwR6FXc pic.twitter.com/1PZjNP1uHd— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) March 19, 2018
Mr Allen has an expedition team that has reported finding the wreckage of other ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, also sunk during the Second World War.
The expedition team said in a statement it first identified the USS Juneau on Saturday using sonar technology and used a remotely operated underwater vehicle to verify the wreckage on Sunday.