Book about Thresher submarine disaster available April 10
Finally, after his 17th birthday, his parents signed the papers enabling him to enlist.
He was serving as a commissaryman first class aboard the USS Thresher when the submarine sank on his 36th birthday — April 10, 1963. He left behind a wife and three children.
The Thresher (SSN 593), designed and built at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, was the most advanced naval vessel of its era, Kerr said in a news release.
"Thirteen of the men who died that day were civilian Shipyard employees, and three others were Navy officers assigned to the Shipyard's military staff," Kerr said.
Subtitled "Remembering the Men of Genius and Adventure Lost in the World's Worst Submarine Disaster," the hardcover volume includes personal photos and recollections from the widows and children of the Thresher heroes.
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