March 2024 | Tennessee Submarine Memorial Assoc. News

March 2024 | Tennessee Submarine Memorial Assoc. News

March 2024 Greetings from the Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association. We continue to make great strides in organizing the Board committees, identifying a memorial site and in launching a preliminary memorial design. Our newly named Advisory Board member, Jon Jacques, met with officials of a Middle Tennessee town that is interested in becoming the host for a Tennessee Submarine Memorial. More details will be discussed in early March and we’ll have a full report for you when we can confirm the…

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Remembering Grayback and Memphians Moore and Francis

Remembering Grayback and Memphians Moore and Francis

[TSMA – February 27, 2024] Eighty years ago today 80 U.S. Submariners aboard USS Grayback were deep into their 10th combat war patrol in the enemy controlled waters of the Western Pacific. Grayback’s crew had sent two Japanese army cargo ships to the bottom a week earlier in the East China Sea. On the 26th Grayback was damaged by land-based Japanese aircraft attack but pressed on to attack and sink the Ceylon Maru, a naval transport early on the 27th….

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February 2024 | TSMA News

February 2024 | TSMA News

February 2024 Greetings from the Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association. Last month the Board did a deep dive, pardon the pun, into our main effort and organized committees to focus our tireless team on moving our project forward. The Board also approved creation of a TSMA Advisory Board, to bring more Submariners, military folks and community leaders onto our team. You can read more about the focus of our committees and the TSMA Advisory Board in this newsletter. The Board also…

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Meet the TSMA Board of Directors

Meet the TSMA Board of Directors

The Submariners who serve on the Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association Board of Directors invite you to get to know them and to learn more about the work of the group to commemorate American Submariners lost in service to the nation.

January 2024 | TSMA News

January 2024 | TSMA News

January 2024 Happy New Year and welcome to the first TSMA newsletter of 2024. This monthly series will keep you up to date on the progress we’re making bringing a memorial to Tennessee to commemorate American Submariners lost in war and peace in defense of the nation. Please share this newsletter with family, friends and everyone in your network and encourage them to become monthly donors to build a memorial. Get the newsletter. UPDATE Take a minute to read our…

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Remembering sacrifice in defense of the nation

Remembering sacrifice in defense of the nation

August 2023 Update Never Forgotten Americans justly take pride in remembering the men and women who died in the Armed Forces. Since 1868 those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation were commemorated on Memorial Day, and other ceremonies at other times. American Submariners are proud of their forerunners in the Silent Service, especially those who have gone on “Eternal Patrol.” Across the country there are memorials dedicated to the men who were lost, in cemeteries, public…

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Remembering Pearl Harbor and American Submariners’ Sacrifices

Remembering Pearl Harbor and American Submariners’ Sacrifices

December 7, 2022 Hello friends, Today we mark the 81st anniversary of the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into a World War that touched every country on Earth and every family across America. From the “dastardly” attack on December 7, 1941 that killed over 2,300, until the Japanese Empire surrendered 1,347 days later U.S. submarines carried the war to the enemy. It was from the deck of a submarine, USS Grayling, three weeks later at…

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Memorial Day 2022 | Remembering Lost Submariners

Memorial Day 2022 | Remembering Lost Submariners

HELP US BUILD A MEMORIAL TO SUBMARINERS IN TENNESSEE May 30, 2022 Hello Friends. The Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association joins our fellow citizens today in commemorating the Americans who have made the supreme sacrifice for the United States. Among them were 87 men from Tennessee who were lost in war and peace serving in U.S. submarines and related duties. We invite you to visit the TSMA’s web site (Link) and contribute to that effort. Today, we would like to share…

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Remembering the USS Scorpion | May 22

Remembering the USS Scorpion | May 22

Today we remember our 99 Submariner brothers who were lost onboard USS Scorpion (SSN589) in the Atlantic Ocean on May 22, 1968 and their families. The exact cause of Scorpion’s sinking about 400 miles southwest of the Azore islands, in 10,000 feet of water, is unknown. There are numerous theories based on extensive analysis of the wreckage and acoustic recordings and some conspiracy theories that seek to explain the loss. We will leave those conversations to others. Virgil Alexander Wright,…

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Remembering the USS Thresher | April 10, 2022

Remembering the USS Thresher | April 10, 2022

  Today we remember our 129 Submariner brothers and shipyard personnel who were lost onboard USS Thresher (SSN593) during testing in the Atlantic Ocean in the morning hours of April 10, 1963 and their families. There are numerous, excellent resources that discuss the Thresher, lead ship of a revolutionary class of nuclear powered attack submarines; about the disaster; and about the men who braved the depths of the oceans to serve aboard her. Many of them are provided below. At…

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