California Military Museum
- Preserving California's Military Heritage
- Centenial of
- United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated
POC: Mark J. Denger
Phone: (818)240-1775; Email: Permit1@Flash.net
- Press Release
- "A Memorial Within A Memorial"
Remembering Their Deeds . . . Lest We Forget
- SEAL BEACH, CA. As part of the year-long
commemoration of the Submarine Centennial, two organizations
have joined forces to bridge the gap between the generations.
To this end, the members of the Los Angeles Area Chapter of U.S.
Submarine Veterans of World War II and Los Angeles-Pasadena Base
of United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated have united
to recognize the deeds of all submariners by the addition of
a new memorial a memorial within a memorial.
The site of the NATIONAL SUBMARINE MEMORIAL-WEST, which
presently honors the 52 submarines lost in World War II, will
incorporate two bronze plaques listing the names of every sailor
lost on board the two nuclear-powered submarines USS THRESHER
(SSN-593) and USS SCORPION (SSN-589) which were lost during the
Cold War. The THRESHER-SCORPION MEMORIAL will also incorporate
a special "SUBMARINE CENTENNIAL BRICK MEMORIAL WALKWAY."
which will not only serve to honor those shipmates lost on board
the nuclear-powered submarines USS THRESHER (SSN-688) and USS
SCORPION (SSN-589) but all of our valiant Submariners of the
U.S. Navy who lost their lives in the service of their country
The "SUBMARINE CENTENNIAL BRICK MEMORIAL WALKWAY"
will have approximately seventy "Memorial Bricks" listing
all 45 submarines lost with all hands; the 14 submarines lost
with some of the crew as survivors; the 6 submarines lost with
all of its crew as survivors; and the 4 submarines lost under
special circumstances. Each of these "Memorial Bricks"
will list the boat's name, hull number, the date of loss, and
number of men lost. A final "Memorial Brick" will
be dedicated in memory of those shipmates who lost their lives
to other causes. A "Memorial Brick" will commemorate
the "Submarine Centennial, 1900 - 2000" itself and
six additional "Memorial Bricks" will recognize the
accomplishments of David Bushnell and his submarine TURTLE of
the Revolutionary War, 1776; John P. Holland, "Father of
the Modern Submarine," and the U.S. Navy's first submarine
USS HOLLAND (SS-1); Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, "WWII
Submariner"; Vice Admiral Charles A. "Uncle Charlie"
Lockwood, Jr., USN, "WWII Submariner"; Rear Admiral
Charles "Swede" Momsen, "Submarine Pioneer &
Inventor"; Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, "Father of the
Nuclear Submarine," and America's first nuclear powered
submarine USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571); and Admiral William F. "Red"
Raborn, USN, "Father of the Fleet Ballistic Missile"
and the first Polaris-armed submarine USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (SSBN-598).
A sitting area, offset by a small pine tree, will frame this
beautifully designed memorial. Within the sitting area will be
eight additional "Memorial Bricks" which will honor
the Submarine Force's Medal of Honor recipients: TM2(SS) Henry
Berault, USN, USS O-5 (SS-66), 1923; CAPT John P. Cromwell, USN,
USS SCULPIN (SS-191), 1943; CDR Samuel D. Dealey, USN, USS HARDER
(SS-257), 1944; CDR Eugene B. Fluckey, USN, USS BARB (SS-220),
1944; CDR Howard W. Gilmore, USN, USS GROWLER (SS-215), 1944;
CDR Richard H. O'Kane, USN, USS TANG (SS-306), 1944; CDR Lawson
P. Ramage, USN, USS PARCHE (SS-384), 1944; and CDR George L.
Street, III, USN, USS TIRANTE (SS-420), 1945. The small pine
tree, which is located directly across from an existing large
pine in the middle of the memorial site, will symbolize both
the past and the future of the Submarine Service.
"This special memorial project," states Mr.
Mark J. Maynard, Director, WORLD WAR II NATIONAL SUBMARINE MEMORIAL
- WEST, "will be a welcome addition to the existing fifty-two
bronze plaques dedicated to the memory of those shipmates
who gave their lives in Submarine Warfare' during World War II
and will serve to strengthen the bonds of the past with the present."
The dedication of the THRESHER-SCORPION MEMORIAL and
"SUBMARINE CENTENNIAL BRICK MEMORIAL WALKWAY" is scheduled
for Saturday, May 20, 2000, Armed Forces Day at 10:00a.m. as
part of the nationwide Submarine Centennial Celebration.
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Join the Los Angeles Area "Diesel Boaters"
Chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II and the
Los Angeles-Pasadena Base of the United States Submarine Veterans,
Inc., as we pay tribute to the 4,000 men who have been lost in
the Submarine Service during the dedication ceremonies of the
THRESHER-SCORPION MEMORIAL and SUBMARINE CENTENNIAL BRICK MEMORIAL
WALKWAY on Saturday, May 20, 2000 - Armed Forces Day, at 11:00
a.m., at the site of the National Submarine Memorial-West adjacent
to the main entrance to the U.S. Naval Weapons Support Facility,
Seal Beach, California.
The National Submarine Memorial - West is located near
the main entrance to the U.S. NAVAL WEAPONS STATION (NAVWEPSTA),
Travelers coming north from the San Diego area proceed
north on I-5 to the I-405, continuing north on the I-405 until
you pass the Garden Grove Freeway SR-22, exiting on Los Alamitos
Avenue / Seal Beach Boulevard off ramp. Turn left (south) at
the top of the ramp toward Seal Beach. Continue on Seal Beach
Boulevard past Westminster Avenue and you will see the NAVWEPSTA
on your left. The Main Gate Entrance is on the left side and
is the only left turn on that whole stretch of Seal Beach Boulevard
after crossing Westminster Avenue.
Travelers coming from Los Angeles should take I-405
south, just past the I-605; or I-605 to the I-405 south; exiting
on the Los Alamitos Avenue / Seal Beach Boulevard off ramp.
Turn left (south) at the top of the ramp toward Seal Beach.
Continue on Seal Beach Boulevard past Westminster Avenue and
you will see the NAVWEPSTA on your left. The Main Gate Entrance
is on the left side and is the only left turn on that whole stretch
of Seal Beach Boulevard after crossing Westminster Avenue.
Don't miss this very special opportunity to put some
meaning back into ARMED FORCES DAY.
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