Submarine Memorials

Posted by Rebekah
May 31 2010

The submarine fleet itself has a number of memorials across the country.  Some for collective men and boats, some are boat specific.

After WWII, the sub vets formed an organization, much like the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) or American Legion.  They called is “U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII”

Within a few years (I’m simplifying the story,) they had erected two submarine memorials for the lost boats of WWII:  The World War II Submarine Memorial-East, and The World War II Submarine Memorial-West.

In addition, the USS Bowfin Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, also has a Waterfront Memorial honoring these lost boats and sailors.

Following WWII, with a total of 52 boats lost, the United Stated Congress decided to assign one lost boat to each state, with California and New York, the two most populous states, receiving two.  Many of these states erected memorials to each man.  The one for Flier, was recently erected and dedicated in the state of Vermont.

ALABAMA *** USS HERRING
ALASKA *** USS S-26
ARIZONA *** USS PERCH
ARKANSAS *** USS SNOOK
CALIFORNIA *** USS ARGONAUT
CALIFORNIA *** USS GRAMPUS
COLORADO *** USS GRAYLING
CONNECTICUT *** USS TRITON
DELAWARE *** USS KETE
FLORIDA *** USS TANG
GEORGIA *** USS SEALION
HAWAII *** USS GROWLER
IDAHO *** USS S-27
ILLINOIS *** USS S-44
INDIANA *** USS GRAYBACK
IOWA *** USS S-36
KANSAS *** USS DORADO
KENTUCKY *** USS POMPANO
LOUISIANA *** USS GOLET
MAINE *** USS SCULPIN
MARYLAND *** USS S-39
MASSACHUSETTS *** USS TROUT
MICHIGAN *** USS ESCOLAR
MINNESOTA *** USS SWORDFISH
MISSOURI *** USS SCAMP
MISSSISSIPPI *** USS TULLIBEE
MONTANA *** USS PICKEREL
NEBRASKA *** USS WAHOO
NEVADA *** USS CORVINA
NEW HAMPSHIRE *** USS CAPELIN
NEW JERSEY *** USS GUDGEON
NEW MEXICO *** USS BULLHEAD
NEW YORK (EAST) *** USS RUNNER
NEW YORK (WEST) *** USS GRENADIER
NORTH CAROLINA *** USS S-28
NORTH DAKOTA *** USS ROBALO
OHIO *** USS GRUNION
OKLAHOMA *** USS SHARK I
OREGON *** USS ALBACORE
PENNSYLVANIA *** USS TRIGGER
RHODE ISLAND *** USS R-12
SOUTH CAROLINA *** USS AMBERJACK
SOUTH DAKAOTA *** USS SCORPION
TENNESSEE *** USS DARTER
TEXAS *** USS SEAWOLF
UTAH *** USS HARDER
VERMONT *** USS FLIER
VIRGINIA *** USS SHARK II
WASHINGTON *** USS BONEFISH
WEST VIRGINIA *** USS CISCO
WISCONSIN *** USS LAGARTO
WYOMING *** USS BARBEL

(This list was found here.)

In the 1960′s the Nuclear Sub Fleet lost two more boats:  USS Thresher (II) SSN-593 and USS Scorpion (VI) SSN-589. The Submarine West Memorial added a small monument inside their grounds to honor these men lost in service to their country.

Even more recently, as memorial pages sprout on the Internet, a submarine memorial site also developed.  Lead by Charles Hinman of USS Bowfin Museum, the On Eternal Patrol site honors every man who gave his life while in the submarine service, and even includes people who died while aboard a submarine, even if they were civilians or from another branch of the military.

So if you have time sometime, visit these beautiful memorials, or take the time to look at the faces of the men at On Eternal Patrol.  As over-used and cliched as it may sound, these men gave up their lives, dreams and futures so that we might have ours.

Tomorrow, we’ll return to the Flier and her sister subs.

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