“Lost Ships of WWII” and “Secrets of WWII” bring pieces of history to the fore just in time to honor Americans who have fallen in the line of duty by recounting the stories and sacrifices of heroic service members who paved the way to the future.
Fox News’ Bret Baier hosts the latest from “Lost Ships”as Rob Kraft and his team take viewers through their search for the USS Johnston aboard the RV Petrel, embarking on the deepest shipwreck dive ever attempted.
Lost in the depths of the South Pacific, the legendary ship is believed to sit approximately 8,000 feet deeper in its oceanic grave than the R.M.S. Titanic sits in its own, and when the team picked up on the ship’s possible debris trail, the search – and the story – began.
The episode recaptures the naval crew’s acts of heroism and the ship’s fearless captain Ernest E. Evans as the Petrel team explores mangled debris buried at the bottom of the Philippine Sea.
The ship inched its way closer to Imperial Japan during the U.S.’s island-hopping campaign during World War II and became a key element in plans to take over the Philippines and deprive the Japanese of crucial resources along the way.
The ship, however, met its fate in a showdown with a fleet of Japanese warships at the Battle off Samar – one of the most significant naval battles of World War II – when enemy fire pummeled the destroyer after Evans elected to charge the Japanese fleet and defend nearby U.S. carriers.
The Petrel crew was forced to identify the mystery debris buried in the South Pacific and answer whether the wreckage belongs to the Johnston or its sister ship the USS Hoel.