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US Congressman Andrew May Caused the Loss of 10 Submarines and 800 Crewmen During World War II


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Certain military information is classified for a reason: to prevent it from reaching the enemy. Congressman Andrew May seemed unaware of this principle, as an ill-advised press conference resulted in the disclosure of sensitive details, leading to the loss of an estimated 10 submarines and the tragic deaths of 800 Navy crewmen. When Congressman Andrew May returned that June, he held a press conference, where he revealed that American submarines only had a high survival rate because the Japanese charges were exploding at too shallow a depth.Not long after this news spread, the Japanese naval anti-submarine forces adjusted their charges to explode at a greater depth. This prompted Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, commander of the US submarine fleet in the Pacific, to estimate that May's breach cost the Navy 10 submarines and resulted in the deaths of some 800 crewmen.

US Congressman Andrew May Caused the Loss of 10 Submarines and 800 Crewmen During World War II (msn.com) 

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