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After receiving heavy damage by five kamikaze planes, the USS Emmons was sunk by gunfire from the high-speed minesweeper USS Ellyson (DMS-19) to avoid it from drifting into enemy hands.  The Emmons, which lost 60 crew members that day, now sits peacefully on the bottom of the seafloor, the resting place for U.S. sailors and Japanese alike.  Kurt Reese and Chuck DeCesari, along with American and Japanese divers, conduct a memorial dive every year, trying to do it as close to the date of the sinking as possible.

A U.S. flag and wreath are placed near the builder’s plaque and the Emmons’ memorial plaque, which lists those killed or missing in action.  The divers commemorate the ship to honor the memory of the men lost that day. Through their actions, they hope to insure that the sacrifices made to defeat the tyranny during the days of WWII will not be forgotten.


Kurt Reese reported that a rare break in the weather allowed the 76th Anniversary Memorial dive to take place April 3rd. Chuck DeCesari once again generously donated the use of his boat as he, Kurt and eight others ventured out to honor the fallen Emmons sailors at the Emmons site. Those participating donated $1000 to the Griffin/Emmons Scholarship Fund. In addition to Kurt and Chuck, the group consisted of Mike Boring, Brandi Ebach, Darlene Fong, Brock Stone, Matt Lewis, Masayoshi Kondo, Isaac Fisher and Hebert Valmond. 

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