12 Apr '18, 2am

Searchers find 'great lady' cruiser sunk by #Japanese torpedoes 75 years ago (by @WyattWOlson).

Searchers find 'great lady' cruiser sunk by #Japanese torpedoes 75 years ago (by @WyattWOlson).

In the early morning of July 6, 1943, the USS Helena lit up the darkness as its crew unleashed the ship’s array of guns at 10 Japanese vessels during the Battle of Kula Gulf near the Solomon Islands. But it would be the end of the line for the St. Louis-class cruiser, which had been nearly destroyed at Pearl Harbor during the surprise attack of Dec. 7, 1941. “At 2:40 a.m., a tremendous explosion hit the HELENA as the first torpedo found its mark, completely tearing off the ship’s bow,” Frank Cellozzi, a gunner’s mate on the ship, recalled in a 1984 memoir. “Twenty seconds later, the second hit amidships. Almost immediately, the third hit amidships. The HELENA died at 2:41 a.m., her back broken amidships.” The captain ordered the crew to abandon ship, and Cellozzi cleared the ship by diving off the top of a five-foot gun turret. Turning his head for one last look, he saw th...

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