East Hardy Graduate Finds Lost WWII Ship

By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner

Richard Hulver seemed destined for a career in military history. His father, Terry Hulver, was a high school history teacher and his grandfather, Allen Barb was a tank commander in the Korean War.

Richard Hulver

“I’ve always had a deep interest in history, particularly military history,” he said. “There are historic sites all around Hardy County and the Shenandoah Valley that I visited frequently.”

A 2005 graduate of East Hardy High School, Hulver was instrumental in locating the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, the Portland-class heavy cruiser that was torpedoed in the Pacific Ocean in July 1945. Of the nearly 1,200-man crew, 300 were lost with

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