By Edward C. Raymer
Now for the 1st time, the manager diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the full tale of the determined makes an attempt to avoid wasting crewmembers stuck within their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the single e-book on hand that describes the elevating and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December seventh attack.
Once Raymer and his team of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecksattempting untested and almost certainly lethal diving techniquesthey skilled a global of overall blackness, not able to determine even the faceplates in their helmets. via memorizing the ships’ blueprints and utilizing their feel of contact, the divers groped their manner thousands of toes contained in the sunken vessels to make upkeep and salvage very important warfare fabric. The divers discovered how one can focus on such unseen hazards as falling items, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human our bodies, and the consistent possibility of eastern assaults from above.
Though a lot of those divers have been killed or heavily injured throughout the wartime salvage operations, mostly that they had nice good fortune acting what looked to be very unlikely jobs. between their credit, Raymer’s team raised the sunken battleships USS West Virginia, USS Nevada, USS California, After Pearl Harbor they moved directly to different an important salvage paintings off Guadalcanal and the websites of alternative nice sea battles.
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