The wreckage of American light-cruiser USS Juneau was found 2.6 miles deep, off the coast of the Solomon Islands by a team of explorers led by billionaire Paul Allen. The vessel was blown apart during World War II’s Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942, killing nearly 700 sailors, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa.

Allen’s official website had a statement Monday saying the USS Juneau was discovered on March 17 by the expedition crew of Research Vessel R/V Petrel. The warship was found resting on the floor of the South Pacific off the coast of the Solomon Islands 76 years after the Japanese blew it off with a torpedo.

“We certainly didn’t plan to find the Juneau on St. Patrick’s Day. The variables of these searches are just too great,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Paul Allen. “But finding the USS Juneau on Saint Patrick’s Day is an unexpected coincidence to the Sullivan brothers and all the service members who were lost 76 years ago.”

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