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posted on 05/24/2009 6:28:59 AM PDT
("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
The good old days. Whiskey was $3.25/qt.
posted on 05/24/2009 6:36:42 AM PDT
There is an old black and white Navy movie out there someplace that is an excellent documentary of the rescue of Squalus’ crew, and the salvage of the submarine itself. One of the greatest US Navy success stories around...
posted on 05/24/2009 6:41:09 AM PDT
by Bean Counter
I peeked into the future. 33 were rescued, 26 perished.
posted on 05/24/2009 6:41:31 AM PDT
by Lonesome in Massachussets
(AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
found this picture showing stalin and ribbentrop announcing the pact between germany and russia carving up poland. thought about this reading the post yesterday about the western powers working out a alliance with stalin.
These articles stimulated me to find other links which detailed the 1939 rescue.....the terrifying and frustrating glitches during the superhuman efforts plus the eventual success after being within a hair's breadth of the rescuers aborting the effort leaving the crew to its doom.
Also fascinating is the history of the sub's subsequent heroic missions against the Japanese navy in WW2.
The poignancy and pride this part of our naval history evokes is especially significant this Memorial Day. It's sad that the saga of this sunken sub and the heroic rescuers is not a household word. Perhaps it's because an "against-all-odds" movie was never made.....as it certainly should have been.
Although, I feel it would be emotionally hard for me to watch the life-and-death suspense as the rescue played out.
posted on 05/24/2009 7:22:06 AM PDT
posted on 05/24/2009 7:26:54 AM PDT
posted on 05/24/2009 7:28:42 AM PDT
My grandfather was a naval officer in subs - he just missed being on the S-51 (sank 25 Sep 1925 off Block Island).
Officers were assigned to boats in alphabetical order ... he missed being on the S-51 by 3 names.
posted on 05/24/2009 7:52:36 AM PDT
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