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Fisherman claims he knows an American warship resting spot

Date Posted: 2008-06-26

War stories have been bantered about this week as Okinawa commemorates the 63rd anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, but one story is garnering more attention than any other.

A Kerama Islands fisherman claims he knows the watery grave location of an American warship, but says he’s kept the secret for more than 30 years. The Kerama Islands were where American landing forces first came ashore on Okinawa, and the water is littered with remains of landing crafts. The fisherman, who had a diver from Grand Blue Marine Club dive to the spot and confirm the American ship was sunk where he said it was. “The ship is bottom side up,” the diver says, “and you can see the screw on top and the bow of the vessel gone.”

Battle of Okinawa experts say there is plenty of information about sunken warships on the internet, and says this particular ship was probably sunk by the Japanese Special Attack Corps. The diver making the inspection has warned “this spot is too dangerous for diving, because the water stream is too fast and deep.”

Most destroyed ships have already been pulled from the waters around the Kerama Islands, but battle specialists say there are still some vessels remaining in deep water.

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