Thresher Submarine Tragedy to Be Recalled 50 Years Later
Fifty years have passed since the attack submarine USS Thresher sank in the Atlantic with a crew of 129, but the organizer of this year’s historic memorial service says lessons continue to be learned from the tragedy.
“In terms of safety, anyone who has served on a sub owes so much to the crew of the Thresher,” said Kevin Galeaz, commander of USSVI Thresher Base in Portsmouth and chairman of the committee planning the 50th annual USS Thresher Memorial Service, to be held April 6. ” . We haven’t lost a SUBSAFE-certified submarine in an accident since 1963, and it’s because of what was learned from the Thresher. The men lost that day, their deaths had meaning, and the families appreciate that.”