U.S. Navy Confirms Find of Missing WWII Submarine

June 3, 2024

Harder was lost in the course of victory. We must not forget that victory has a price, as does freedom.

Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Director Samuel Cox, United States Navy rear admiral (retired), confirming the wreck site and final resting place of World World II submarine USS Harder. The U.S. commissioned the vessel in 1942 but it went missing, with 79 people aboard, in 1944.

Why It Matters: The USS Harder sank more Japanese ships than any other submarine during World War II, and it likely sank in 1944 following an attack by Japanese forces, leading to the death of the 79 U.S. service members on board. Nearly 80 years later, a team from an award-winning archeology project that seeks to “discover and memorialize the 52 submarines lost during World War II” found the vessel more than 3,000 feet below sea level in the South China Sea. The NHHC, whose works preserves naval history and heritage, announced the submarine remains relatively intact.”

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World War II submarine wreckage found off the coast of the Philippines (USA Today)

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas