August 2023 | TSMA News

August 2023 | TSMA News

August 2023

Welcome to the inaugural TSMA newsletter. 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.

We look forward to sharing news shortly on progress in identifying a location for the Tennessee Submarine Memorial.

Please share this newsletter with family, friends and everyone in your network and encourage them to become monthly donors to build a memorial.


Take a minute to read our update on the background and purposes of the TSMA in our recent post, “Remembering Sacrifice in Defense of the Nation.”

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Join us in remembering the boats and crews that were lost in the anniversary month of August.

5 Lost Boats and 242 Lost Sailors including 4 Tennesseans

USS Bullhead (SS-332) – 1 Lost Tennesean
Lost on August 6,1945 with the loss of 84 crew members in the Lombok Strait while on her 3rd war patrol when sunk by a depth charge dropped by a Japanese Army plane. Bullhead was the last submarine lost during WWII.

Electrician’s Mate Third Class William Francis Greaves was born in in Brownville, Tennessee.

USS Flier (SS-250) – 1 Lost Tennesean
Lost on August 13,1944, with the loss of 78 crew members while on her 2nd war patrol. Flier was transiting on the surface when she was rocked by a massive explosion (probably a mine) and sank within less than a minute. 13 survivors, some injured, made it into the water and swam to shore. 8 survived and 6 days later friendly natives guided them to a Coast Watcher and they were evacuated by the USS Redfin (SS-272).

Motor Machinist’s Mate Chief Edgar Walker Hudson was from Dixon, Tennessee.

USS S-39 (SS-144)
Lost on August 13,1942 after grounding on a reef south of Rossel Island while on her 3rd war patrol. The entire crew was able to get off and rescued by HMAS Katoomba.

Storekeeper Third Class Ike Lankford McClure
Lost overboard August 20, 1976 while standing topside watch aboard the USS Dace (SSN-607).  Ike McClure was from Paris, Tennessee.

USS Harder (SS-257) – 1 Lost Tennesean
Lost on August 24,1944 with the loss of 79 crew members from a depth charge attack by a minesweeper near Bataan while on her 6th war patrol. Harder had won a Presidential Unit Citation for her first 5 war patrols and CDR Dealey was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously. Harder is tied for 9th in the number of enemy ships sunk.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Thomas Wooldridge Buckner was from Nashville, Tennessee

USS Cochino (SS-345)
Lost on August 26, 1949 after being jolted by a violent polar gale off Norway caused an electrical fire and battery explosion that generated hydrogen and chlorine gasses. In extremely bad weather, men of Cochino and Tusk (SS-426) fought to save the submarine for 14 hours. After a 2nd battery explosion, Abandon Ship was ordered and Cochino sank. Tusk’s crew rescued all of Cochino’s men except for one civilian engineer. Six sailors from Tusk were lost during the rescue.


The TSMA is registered with Kroger Rewards and earns revenue based on your shopping totals — with no charge to you. Your Cheerios and ice cream will help us build a Submarine Memorial in Tennessee. Check out the Kroger Community Rewards program HERE.

Help Build A Memorial to Tennesseans Lost in Submarine Duty in Defense of the Nation

The Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association is a tax exempt charitable organization and donations are subject to treatment in accordance with IRS 501c3 considerations.

The Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association is approved by the Tennessee Secretary of State to solicit charitable contributions for the purposes of our mission.

Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association
309 Church Street, #107
Nashville, TN 37201

Chairman: Mike Anderson
President: Patrick Ryan
Treasurer: Larry Smith
Secretary: Stan Tennyson
Board Member: Vinny McCrum


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