My thoughts on this Memorial Day are of the fallen crew of the USS Thresher (SSN-593).
"On 10 April 1963, Thresher sank during deep-diving tests about 350 km (220 mi) east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard."
My Dad served briefly on the USS Thresher, but decided the submarine service was not for him. He knew crew members who lost their lives and always remembered those who lost their lives in that tragedy.
Among his mementos, my Dad kept the following
as well as a thank you letter for those who contributed to the education fund for the crew's children.
USS Thresher motto: Vis Tacita (Silent Strength)
May God bless all the armed forces who gave "their last full measure of devotion" on the altar of freedom for the United States of America. And may God bless their loved ones.
They may be gone from us, but they are not forgotten!
Thresher Base United States Submarine Veterans