An unidentified drowned driver was photographed inspecting the wreckage of the USS Johnston on Samar Island when it crashed two to eight hours later last month, Texas technology company Caladan Oceanic said.
Caladina founder Victor Vescovo, who measured the sink, wrote an amazing video of the shipwreck on Sunday.
The 115-foot-long [115 m] ship sank on October 25, 1944 during the Leyte Gulf War as US troops fought to liberate the Philippines - then a U.S. colony.
Its discovery in the Philippine Sea was discovered in 2019 by another traveling group, but most of the ships were inaccessible to their long-distance car.
"I have just finished the deepest sinking in history, finding the main wreck of the USS Johnston destroyer," Vescovo said on twitter. "We found the front of the 2/3 of the ship, standing and sturdy, at 6456 meters deep. Three of us boarded two ships to inspect the ship and honored their brave team."
Only 141 of the 327 crew survived, according to US Navy records. Of the 186 casualties, about 50 were killed by enemy action, 45 died by gunfire and 92 crew members, including Captain Ernest Evans, were living in the water after the shipwreck, but never heard of it again.
"The captain was a man who fought from the sole of his foot to the edge of his straight black hair," said Ensign Robert C. Hagen, a ship's shooting officer, according to the Navy.
The Caladan Oceanic-backed campaign found that the bow, bridge and center were still in good working order and the boat number "557" was still visible.
Two 5-inch-wide explosives, twin torpedo racks and several assault rifles were still unseen.
Team sailor and historian Parks Stephenson said the crash was the result of the devastation of the Great War 76 years ago.
"A fire had been extinguished on a large warship that had previously been built - the Imperial Japanese warship Yamato, and it fought hard again," Stephenson said.
Sonar's data, photo and field notes collected during the dive will be forwarded to the Navy, Vescovo said.
Last year, the USS Nevada, an American warship that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, was discovered in the Pacific Ocean.