Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tribute to the Lost Boats of WWII

During WWII the US Submarine Service lost 52 Submarines, 375 Officers and 3,131 Enlisted Men.

The United States submarine service represented only 1.6% of Navy personnel at the time but suffered the highest percentage of casualties within any of the services; a casualty rate of about 22 percent. They also exacted a terrible price on the enemy accounting for 55% of all the Japanese ships sunk; this included a full third of the Japanese Imperial Navy.

Typically the loss of Submarine included the loss of the entire crew...

I put together this video as a 2007 Memorial Day tribute to those still on "Eternal Patrol".

The Final Patrol

Lord, this departed shipmate with dolphins on his chest is part of an outfit known as the best.

Make him welcome and take him by the hand. You'll find without a doubt he was the best in all the land.

So, heavenly Father add his name to the roll of our dear departed shipmates still on patrol.

Let him know that we who survive will always keep their memories alive.


esryle said...

Outstanding video tribute to the 52 Submarines lost in WWII. May we remember our shipmates and all those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Eric Ryle

Anonymous said...

Excellent video!

You should be extremely proud of yourself for this. Makes me proud to be an american when I see things like this and remember that I am free because of the people who paid the ultime price so I can be free.


Lubber's Line said...

Thank you, my intent in putting this video together is just as you discribed. To remember those who came before us as volunteers in the submarine service. As well as that the sacrifice these men and others should not be forgotten and indeed is in no small part the reason we as a people continue to have liberty and freedom. -LL

Mike B. said...

An excellent tribute to all of those brave men. It makes me proud and humble at the same time to realize how selfless they all were. Thank you. This was very touching. DBF - Mike