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    • Wow, I just posted about that a few minutes ago. Then I looked and saw you posted it too. Goosebumps for sure. What an incredible find, and even more incredible that a member of the crew got to see the find. Loved his comment about the $40 in his locker.

    • They actually found the WWII carrier, The Hornet. Incredible discovery. Watch this video. I have goosebumps.

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      CBS NEWS February 12, 2019, 8:20 AM

      Wreckage of World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet discovered

       

      The research vessel Petrel is perched on a spot in the South Pacific Ocean that was anything but peaceful 77 years ago. Then, it was the scene of a major World War II battle between the U.S. and the Imperial Japanese Navies. For the U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, it would be her last battle. 

      Now, researchers are revealing Petrel found the wreckage of the USS Hornet in late January – exactly what they were looking for. The ship was found more than 17,000 feet below the surface, on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. The USS Hornet is best known for launching the important Doolittle Raid in April of 1942 and its role in winning the Battle of Midway. 

      Richard Nowatzki, 95 now, was an 18-year-old gunner on Hornet when enemy planes scored several hits, reports CBS News' Mark Phillips. 
       
      "When they left, we were dead in the water," Nowatzki said. "They used armor piercing bombs, now when they come down, you hear 'em going through the decks … plink, plink, plink, plink … and then when they explode the whole ship shakes."
       
      With 140 of her crew already dead, the order was given to abandon ship. The Hornet went to the bottom – three and a half miles down – which the crew of the Petrel has been scanning with a deep-sea sonar drone that sends back live pictures.

      uss-hornet-veteran-richard-nowatzki.jpg Richard Nowatzki survived the Japanese attack on the USS Hornet in 1942.  CBS NEWS

      The drone brought back an image of something down there that's about the right size in about the right place. It looked like her but lots of ships went down around here. To be sure, they needed positive identification, which they got when they saw the Hornet's naval designation: CV-8.

      "CBS This Morning" was able to share the discovery in real time with Richard Nowatzki in California – even finding the gun he was on during the attack.  

       "If you go down to my locker, there's 40 bucks in it, you can have it!" Nowatzki joked. 
       
      Nowatzki has enjoyed a long life since that day. Seeing the Hornet again and the evidence of the men who served -- a jacket hung on a hatch, somebody's wash kit complete with toothbrush – naturally made him reflect on those who hadn't been as lucky.
       
      "I know I've been a very fortunate man," he said. "The actual fact that you can find these ships is mind boggling to me … I want to thank you for honoring me this way."  
       
      But it's the crew of the Petrel who were honored to find the Hornet and the final resting place of so many of her brave crew. Another wreck, and in turn, another war grave has been discovered. Its exact location is kept secret to protect it, but the memory now has a place and the loss has a memorial.

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    • On 1/23/2019 at 4:04 PM, seggleston said:

      This is a panoramic shot from my phone. I will have to figure out how to get it scanned hi res for you guys. 

      At the bottom is reads: Co. B 292nd Engineers Combat Battalion 

      Camp Butner, NC May 19, 1944

      Herman Webel 1st Lt. Commanding 

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      This is awesome Sam! Where is your grandfather located in the picture? Here is a picture posted on the Camp Butner Society's Facebook page showing the two other 292nd ECB panoramic photos on display. 

       

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      The Company B panoramic would be a great addition alongside it's 292nd brothers!

       

      Randy

    • On 1/23/2019 at 3:54 PM, seggleston said:

      Last names (forgive me if I get spellings wrong as these were given to me a long time ago)

      Front row (L to R): Whittamore Schutz Copeland Oconnor Gilge Johnson Seagram Macari Dunning Marusama Rotramel Cooper 

      Center: Perry Johnson Cook Howell Assimus Morrison Siegal Long Eggleston Gomaz Kobek Lavolis 

      Third row: Titus Martin Pavalae Calvert Gonzebaum Belatt Walter Wagener Schilz Prochasta Larocco Trenary Richty

       

      On the back of my grandfather's picture are these signatures:

       

      Robert Jennings

      Samuel Morrison

      Lawrence Titus

      John H. Martin

      Garland Ritchie

      John Prochazta

      Floyd Cook

      Martin J. Kobach

      Keith Slagle

      Earl Perry

      Louis Gomez

      J. Cooper

      Bernard Kaplan

      Herbert A. Seagram

      Kendall J. Whittemore

      Harold W. Johnson

      John W. LaRocco

      J. E. Johnson

      Richard C. Long

      Charles M. Trenary

      Robert H. Calvert

      Gerald Schulz

      Arthur F. Walters

      Alfred Wagner

      John H. Pavelec

      Elmer Gilge

      E. J. Rotramel 

      Arthur N. Schultz

      Jessie E. Dunning

      Absent - Tony L. Ferreira

      John A. Macari

      John Levolis 

      Daniel A. O'Connor 

      Charles Assimus

      V. Gansibom

      Carlton Shiller

      Harold Buenger

      Ralph Q. Hosley

      Kenneth E. Balch

      Edward J. Eggleston

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      What a great photograph Sam, thanks so much for sharing it with us here. Going by the number of men in the scene it would seem to be a platoon photo. Having all the names and signatures of the soldiers makes it an even more special family treasure. I assume you have noticed from the thread that one of the men in the photo, Vernon Gansebom, just passed away this past September. There are quite a few names here that are not on the Company B roster that I'm working on, always nice to find new information. Thanks again Sam for sharing this with us and look forward to anything else you may want to add. Have a good one!

       

      Randy 

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