A World War II (WWII) veteran and survivor of the SS President Coolidge who was said to be probably the last survivor, Milton Staley, returned to Luganville, Santo, with his nephew, Richard Staley, in 2008.

Milton Staley, was among a few thousand others who got ashore after the sinking of the troops carrier and ex-cruise liner that hit two friendly mines when entering the Second Channel of Espiritu Santo on October 26, 1942.

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