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.