Memorial service held for submariners

Memorial service held for submariners

WWII submarine veteran Ed Kracker presentso Cmdr. Scott Luers, commanding officer, of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764), the ceremonial wreath from the 2014 Submarine Veterans of World War II Memorial Service held May 22 at the Submarine Learning Facility (SUBLRNFAC), Naval Station Norfolk. While underway, Luers and his crew will inter the wreath at sea to honor the fallen submariners. Kracker is the oldest submarine-qualified WWII submarine veteran in the Hampton Roads area. He got his submarine qualifications on the Balao-class submarine USS Bang (SS 385) in 1944. Commanded by Cmdr. Stan Stewart, Jr., the facility annual hosts the ceremony that honors the 52 submarines and the gallant Sailors lost during World War II; the losses of the USS Thresher (SSN 593), April 10, 1963, and the USS Scorpion (SSN 589), May 22, 1968; and all the other submarines and submariners lost since the submarine's force inception April 11, 1900. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Shannon Barnwell)

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 2:24 PM

NORFOLK -– The annual Submarine Veterans of World War II Memorial Service was conducted Thursday at Naval Station Norfolk. 

The ceremony also honors all submarines and submariners lost since the submarine’s force inception April 11, 1900.

The event is held each year prior to Memorial Day.
   
Cmdr. Stan Stewart Jr., SUBLRNFAC commanding officer, welcomed the more than 100 veterans, active duty sailors, spouses, and visitors.
 
“Today as we take the time to remember submarine heroes of the past, I wanted to emphasize the word “heroes.”  Too often we forget what the word means, and I believe it means something different to all of us.  So today, I ask that you all take a moment and consider what the word hero means to you.  Again, thank you all for coming and I hope you enjoy the ceremony.”

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