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Two ECU Grads Help Find Lost Japanese Sub Off Hawaii Coast

Two East Carolina University alumni are among the researchers who found a large World War II-era submarine off the coast of Oahu.

Dr. James Delgado, who received his MA in history from ECU in 1985, and Dr. Hans Van Tiburg, who received his MA in maritime history from the university, are both researchers for NOAA.

The two helped Terry Kerby, who is a submarine pilot for the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with locating the Japanese sub.

The I-400 is the largest submarine built prior to nuclear-powered subs, which were introduced in the 1960s. It was lost in 1946 after it was scuttled by the U.S. Navy in an attempt to keep its advanced technology a secret.


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