Posted by: arbeam | April 8, 2013

Thresher Memorial Stories

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (April 6, 2013) Capt. L. Bryant Fuller III, commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, delivers remarks during a memorial service to honor the men who died aboard the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS Thresher (SSN 593) on the 50th anniversary of the boat's loss. Nearly 1,000 relatives, former shipmates and coworkers of the 129 Sailors attended the ceremony at Portsmouth High School.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (April 6, 2013) Capt. L. Bryant Fuller III, commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, delivers remarks during a memorial service to honor the men who died aboard the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS Thresher (SSN 593) on the 50th anniversary of the boat’s loss. Nearly 1,000 relatives, former shipmates and coworkers of the 129 Sailors attended the ceremony at Portsmouth High School.

Military, Families Honor USS Thresher Heroes
www.navy.mil, April 6

PORTSMOUTH-Nearly 1,000 family members, active and retired submariners, shipyard workers, and members of the community came together to pay tribute to the 129 men who perished aboard USS Thresher (SSN 593) during the 50th Anniversary commemoration at Portsmouth High School’s Auditorium.

Thresher Ceremony Honors ‘Cold War Warriors’
www.seacoastonline.com, April 6

PORTSMOUTH-Calling her father, and all 129 who died aboard USS Thresher, “Cold War warriors,” Vicki Billings was one of several speakers at a 50th anniversary memorial service at Portsmouth High School on Saturday. During an emotional address, Billings honored the widows of the men lost at sea off the coast of Cape Cod on April 10, 1963.

Thresher Disaster Anniversary Series
www.seacoastonline.com, April 6

USS Thresher: One Disaster, 129 Stories
Portsmouth Herald, April 6

Ultimately, the story of the USS Thresher was too big for just one newspaper article. Truth be told, it was even too big for a yearlong series of articles. Measured by lives lost, historic context and significance, the sinking of Thresher is still the world’s worst submarine disaster — ever. As the first nuclear sub lost at sea, its disappearance generated international shock and sympathy 50 years ago. She is, essentially, the Titanic of the submarine community.

Remembering the USS Thresher
www.theday.com, April 6

PORTSMOUTH– Penny Shafer Craig remembers her mother and aunt crying when the USS Thresher sank 50 years ago, but she was only 5 at the time and didn’t really understand what was happening. Her father, Benjamin Shafer, was a master chief who was serving on the Thresher with his brother, John Shafer. Both men lived in Groton and graduated from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School.

Deadliest submarine disaster in US remembered
Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Family and friends who lost loved ones when the USS Thresher sank 50 years ago joined in tossing wreaths into the water Saturday in an emotional service in remembrance of the 129 Navy crew members and civilian technicians who lost their lives in the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history. Hundreds gathered for the memorial service at Portsmouth High School that concluded with a small group tossing three wreaths into the Piscataqua River. During the service, a bell tolled 129 times. The event, along with the dedication of a flagpole Sunday in Kittery, Maine, aims to call attention to the tragedy 220 miles off Cape Cod, which became the impetus for submarine safety improvements.

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