Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the loss of the USS Thresher (SSN-593).

While at sea conducting testing following an extended in port maintenance period, Thresher suffered a mechanical failure she was not able to recover from, and sank off the coast of Maine taking 129 men with her.  It was – and remains – the worst peacetime disaster in the history of the US Submarine Force.  This past weekend memorial services were held to mark the anniversary in Kittery, Maine, including raising a 129-foot tall flag pole.

When you rise to hear our National Anthem this afternoon, please take a moment to remember these men.

You can follow this former submarine sailor at @Padres_Trail.

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  • This explains what Verlander and FSSD were talking about.

    • Yes. Totally.

    • I missed this – what happened?

      • Yesterday, FSSD retweeted Verlander saying something like “Honoring the vets, not just today but everyday” without any context on why it was a day in particular to honor them.

  • Parlo

    She sank about 200 miles east of Cape Cod, beyond an area known as Georges Bank.