Submerged Glory: Legendary USS Harder, Sinking Champ of WWII, Resurfaces


The USS Harder: A Legendary Submarine Resurrected from History’s Depths

Emerging from the forgotten depths after nearly 80 years, the USS Harder, a revered American submarine, has been discovered in the vast expanse of the South China Sea. With the invaluable assistance provided by Tim Taylor, CEO of Tiburon Subsea and the Lost 52 Project, this iconic vessel, once feared by Japanese warships, has been unveiled once more.

A Submarine of Unparalleled Valor

Commissioned in December 1942, the USS Harder embarked on six perilous war patrols before meeting its fate. Its fifth patrol stands as its most remarkable endeavor, accounting for the sinking of three Japanese destroyers and the damaging of two others, a testament to the audacity and precision of its crew.

On its final mission, the submarine teamed up with the USS Haddo to neutralize three escort ships off the coast of Baatan in the Philippines, leaving an indelible mark on the course of the war.

A Silent Witness to History

The wreckage of the USS Harder now rests at an astounding depth of 3,000 feet. Remarkably, it remains upright on its keel, bearing the scars of battle in the form of depth-charge damage aft of its conning tower.

Through photogrammetry technology, a detailed 4D model of the submarine has been created, providing a glimpse into its current state and offering tantalizing insights into its past.

A Legacy Honored

Throughout its service in World War II, the USS Harder received numerous accolades, including the Presidential Unit Citation and six battle stars, a testament to its extraordinary contributions to the Allied victory.

Commander Sam Dealey, the submarine’s legendary skipper, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his exceptional leadership and tactical brilliance during the Harder’s fifth patrol.

Today, the discovery of this iconic vessel serves as a poignant reminder of the indomitable spirit and sacrifices of those who served aboard, ensuring that their legacy continues to inspire generations to come.