August 2023 Update
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 places, military bases and elsewhere. The Submarine Veterans of WWII asked that each state create a memorial to one of the 52 boats lost in the war.
The Tennessee Submarine Memorial
Tennessee lacks a memorial to the 87 lost Tennessean Submariners or to the submarine lost in WWI, USS Darter, that is designated for commemoration in our state. With that in mind, Submarine veterans who are members of the Volunteer Base (Nashville) chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI) founded the Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association (TSMA). It is an independent, nonprofit organization with IRS 501c3 tax exempt status and recognized by the Tennessee Secretary of State as authorized to solicit charitable contributions.
Perpetuating the memories of submariners who didn’t come home
The mission of the Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association is to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the American Submarine Force sailors who gave their lives in the line of duty in war and in peace, especially Submariners who called Tennessee their home.
The Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association’s purpose is to educate members of the community about the sacrifice of American submariners of the United States Navy who have been lost during wartime and peacetime and to highlight the service of the American men and women of the United States Submarine Force.
The Tennessee Submarine Memorial Association will fulfill its mission of perpetuating the memory of U.S. Submariners through the building of memorials and other suitable projects and through educational programs and media.
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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.