The Musashi was the pride of the Japanese Imperial Fleet. This photo shows Emperor Hirohito (front row, center), with officers of the Imperial Japanese Navy, on board the battleship off Yokosuka Naval Base on June 24, 1943.
Of the Musashi’s 2,399 crew members, nearly half lost their lives when the battleship capsized and sunk exactly one year and four months later.
“I am honored to play a part in finding this key vessel in naval history and honoring the memory of the incredible bravery of the men who served aboard her,” Allen said.
He added that he intends to work with the Japanese government to ensure the site is treated respectfully as a war grave and in accordance with Japanese traditions.
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