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On Eternal Patrol - USS Thresher (SSN-593)

Hull number SSN-593

  • Just outside the main gate of the Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, California, a Thresher-Scorpion Memorial honors the crews of the two submarines.[10]
  • In Carpentersville, IL the Dundee Township Park District named a swimming facility in honor of Thresher.[citation needed]
  • In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, there is a stone memorial with a plaque honoring all who were lost on Thresher. It is located outside the Albacore museum.[11]
  • A Joint Resolution was introduced in 2001 calling for the erection of a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, but this proposal has yet to be adopted.[12]
  • On 12 April 1963, President John Kennedy issued an Executive Order (No. 11104) paying tribute to the crew of Thresher by flying flags at half-staff.[13]
  • In Eureka, Missouri, there is a marble stone at the post office on Thresher Drive honoring the "officers and crew of the USS Thresher, Lost 10 April 1963"[14]
  • In Salisbury, Massachusetts, the town paid tribute to USSThresher crewman Sonarman First Class Robert Edwin Steinel, a resident of the town, by naming a park in his honor "Robert E. Steinel Memorial Park". The tribute ceremony was attended by his wife, children, and other members of the USS Thresherfamily.

107 Members Who Served in This Duty Station


  • Cook, John, PO1, (1961-1969)
  • Frederick, Joseph, PO1, (1955-1962)
  • Harvey, David, CPO, (1960-1982)

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USS Thresher (SSN-593) (Feb 21, 2012) 
Ordered: 15 January 1958
Builder: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Laid down: 28 May 1958
Launched: 9 July 1960
Commissioned: 3 August 1961
Struck: 10 April 1963
Motto: Vis Tacita (Silent Strength)
Fate: Sank with all hands during deep diving tests, 10 April 1963, 129 died.
Status: Located 350 km east of Cape Cod at a depth of 8400 ft.
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