HISTORY OF
THE SAN DIEGO MEMORIAL PROJECT

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DATED JUNE 11, 2006
BY: Doug Smay
Chairman, 52 Boats Memorial Committee
SAN DIEGO CHAPTER


INTRODUCTION


The San Diego Chapter has been working on a 52 Boats Memorial in San Diego from about 1996.
Our memorial is strictly a project of the San Diego Chapter. It does not rely on funding from the US Submarine Veterans of WWII organization for support.
Further more, the maintenance of the memorial will be done primarily by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department



THE PROJECT
"TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF THE MEN"


They were members of America’s Finest Generation and true American Heroes.
They were iron men who took iron ships to sea and left an unparalleled record of courage and duty, faithfully performed.
Less than 2% of U.S. Sailors served in submarines, yet submarines would sink 55% of all Japanese ships lost in World War II.
More than the U.S. Navy’s surface ships, its carrier planes, and the Army’s Air Force combined! Yet, for its many vital achievements, the Submarine Force would pay a terrible price.
Fifty two boats and more than 3500 submariners, one out of every five, would fail to return.

We speak of these men as being on Eternal Patrol.

The San Diego Chapter, U.S. Submarine Veterans of WW II is building a memorial to our shipmates on Eternal Patrol.
The memorial will consist of 52 American Liberty Elm trees, one for each of the lost boats.
In front of each tree will be a monument and a bronze plaque listing the name of the boat, the date and circumstances of its loss and the names of all the men who were lost with the boat.
The memorial will line the Plaza in the new city park at Liberty Station, (formerly NTC).

We invite you to join us as we create a lasting memorial to their heroism and their sacrifice.
All donors of $100 or more will have their names inscribed on a special donors recognition plaque at the memorial.
For more information email the San Diego Chapter, U.S. Submarine Veterans of WW II at sandiegochapter@san.rr.com

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