By Cdr. Edward C. Raymer USN (Ret.)
On December 7, 1941, because the nice battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning within the aftermath of the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, a crack workforce of U.S. army salvage divers headed via Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. The divers were given a Herculean activity: rescue the sailors and Marines trapped less than, and resurrect the satisfaction of the Pacific fleet.
Now for the 1st time, the executive diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the complete tale of the determined makes an attempt to save lots of crewmembers stuck within their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the one booklet on hand 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 shipwrecks--attempting untested and in all probability lethal diving techniques--they skilled an international of overall blackness, not able to work out even the faceplates in their helmets. by means of memorizing the ships' blueprints and utilizing their experience of contact, the divers groped their approach hundreds and hundreds of toes contained in the sunken vessels to make upkeep and salvage important conflict fabric. The divers realized the best way to deal with such unseen hazards as falling gadgets, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human our bodies, and the consistent possibility of eastern assaults from above.
Though a lot of those divers have been killed or heavily injured in the course of the wartime salvage operations, normally they'd nice good fortune acting what very unlikely jobs. between their credit, Raymer's group raised the sunken battleships West Virginia, Nevada, and California. After Pearl Harbor they moved directly to different the most important salvage paintings off Guadalcanal and the websites of different nice sea battles.