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Maritime Image of the Day: “Burial at Sea”

PortandTerminal.com, April 27, 2020

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – This chilling photo shows the burial at sea for sailors of the USS Intrepid killed in a kamikaze attack in 1944. It has been colorized from the original black and white photo.

Aircraft about to hit aircraft carrier. Soldiers watching. Helmets.
Crewmen aboard New Jersey watch as a Japanese plane prepares to strike Intrepid 25 November 1944

USS Intrepid (CV/CVA/CVS-11) is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy.  Commissioned in August 1943, Intrepid participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations

The Intrepid suffered numerous attacks by Japanese kamikaze aircraft. The most serious was an air raid on 25 November that struck the fleet shortly after noon. Two kamikazes crashed into Intrepid, killing sixty-six men and causing a serious fire. The ship remained on station, however, and the fires were extinguished within two hours. 

Approximately 2,800 Kamikaze attackers sank 34 Navy ships during World War 2, damaged 368 others, killed 4,900 sailors, and wounded over 4,800.

Aircraft carrier
USS Intrepid (CVA-11) underway 1955

The Intrepid survived World War 2 and was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier.  In her second career, she served mainly in the Atlantic but also participated in the Vietnam War. Her notable achievements include being the recovery ship for a Mercury and a Gemini space mission.

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