By Edward C. Raymer
Now for the 1st time, the executive diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the entire tale of the determined makes an attempt to save lots of crewmembers stuck inside of their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the single publication to be had that describes the elevating and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December seventh attack.
Once Raymer and his workforce of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecksattempting untested and in all likelihood lethal diving techniquesthey skilled an international of overall blackness, not able to work out even the faceplates in their helmets. via memorizing the ships’ blueprints and utilizing their experience of contact, the divers groped their method 1000's of ft contained in the sunken vessels to make upkeep and salvage important battle fabric. The divers discovered tips on how to do something about such unseen hazards as falling gadgets, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human our bodies, and the consistent risk of eastern assaults from above.
Though lots of those divers have been killed or heavily injured through the wartime salvage operations, often that they had nice good fortune appearing what appeared to be very unlikely jobs. between their credit, Raymer’s group raised the sunken battleships USS West Virginia, USS Nevada, USS California, After Pearl Harbor they moved directly to different the most important salvage paintings off Guadalcanal and the websites of different nice sea battles.
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