World War II submarine found off coast of Okinawa

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(ABC News) – An ABC News exclusive. The World War II submarine that went down in battle. The American families back here at home with so many questions.

Two women longing to know what happened to their loved ones getting the surprise of their life. What a team of explorers just found that is bringing them some closure.

1400 feet below the surface, off the coast of Japan, a team of ocean explorers just discovered the resting place of 80 American sailors.

This is the first time the U.S.S. Grayback has been seen in 75 years-and two of the people to first learn the news: Relatives of those Americans who went down with the submarine.

“We haven’t broadcast this, and we wanted to be the first ones to tell you – this is the Grayback.”

“Oh my God.”

“This is where your uncles are.”

“It’s still all there.”

Glorida Hurney, who lost her uncle Raymond Parks, an electrician’s mate, First Class, and Kathy Taylor lost her uncle and Godfather John Patrick King, an electrician’s mate, Third Class.

The USS Grayback, a World War II sub credited with sinking 14 enemy ships. It set out from Pearl Harbor in 1944 to patrol the seas south of Japan never to return again.

“I committed from the very beginning, from a little girl, that I was gonna find him or follow him or keep his memory alive to whatever I could do.”

We met Kathy and Gloria at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

“Well there’s a book I read and it said, it said, these ships are known only to God. But now we know where the Grayback is.”

The Grayback you can even see the plaque intact after all these years – discovered south of Okinawa.

Tim Taylor and wife, Christine Dennison had discovered the Grayback with their team.

As part of Tim and Christine’s Lost 52 Project. These two explorers have now found five of the 52 lost U.S. subs during WWII.

“With the technology that we’re using, and the ability to cover large swaths of ground, we’re looking at potential to find several more.”

That cutting-edge technology includes submersibles that can reach the ocean floor, automated to help create 3D renderings of the sub providing clues to its final moments.

“It’s very vital that we remember them, and that they feel that they haven’t been forgotten, that their sacrifice wasn’t in vain.”

A tribute to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. And for the families the discovery is a type of remedy for all those years of pain.

“He’s come back. Thank you. Thank you very much.”

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(This story was originally published on November 11, 2019)

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