Henry 'Hank' Joseph Lingg Jr. the son of mother Frances Juliette Cole and father Henry Joseph Lingg, Sr. was bornin Pullmann, Washington.
Hank became a Navy Master diver from 1939 to 1961 including WW2 and the Korean war. He dove off the Bikini Atoll after they tested the Atomic Bomb. They were testing the waters to see what damage the bomb had done underwater.
Hank was later assigned to the USS Nevada which was hit by a torpedo in the Pearl Harbor Attack. He was able to help patch the ship up while it sailed back to the mainland for repairs.
Hank married Merel Myrtle Brown in June 23, 1961
Space Shuttle Challenger
He retired from the Navy but continued working with his dive team and in 1986 they were involved in the salvage of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Hank who lived in in Corvallis (Or), passed away on January 13, 2000 at the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene.
Story and pictures by Jean Lingg