Japan Coast Guard recovers US soldier’s body after deep-wreck scuba dive off Okinawa

Kouri Island, Okinawa, attracts divers who want to explore the wreckage of the USS Emmons, a Navy minesweeper that sank after being attacked in April 1945. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)
Kouri Island, Okinawa, attracts divers who want to explore the wreckage of the USS Emmons, a Navy minesweeper that sank after being attacked in April 1945. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Japan Coast Guard recovers US soldier’s body after deep-wreck scuba dive off Okinawa

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The body of a U.S. soldier who went missing Sunday while scuba diving off Okinawa was recovered around noon Monday, according to a spokesman for the Japan Coast Guard.

Sgt. 1st Class Matt Morgan, 30, was found by coast guard divers at a depth of 144 feet near the USS Emmons, a sunken World War II warship and popular dive spot about 1 ¼ miles off Kouri Island, said Hikaru Yonaha of the coast guard in Nago. U.S. Army officials could not be reached Monday.

“It was such a tragedy, but we were glad to find him for his family,” he said. “He was only 90 feet from the USS Emmons and the water was very clear today.”

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