Magazine article Sea Classics

Sub Vets Honor Lost Submarines of World War II

Magazine article Sea Classics

Sub Vets Honor Lost Submarines of World War II

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Local members of the US Navy Submarine Veterans (SubVets) Association hosted a "Tolling of the Boats" ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma on 6 April.

The ceremony is held annually to remember those Sailors lost at sea during WWII. During the ceremony, a short description of what happened to each submarine is read followed by the number of Sailors lost on the boat. A ceremonial bell is then rung in memory of each submarine.

Among the attendees at the ceremony were retired Cmdr. Joe McGrievy and retired Torpedoman's Mate 2nd Class (SS) C.J. Glassford, who served as the masters of ceremony. "Tolling of the boats is our way of remembering those who are still lying on the bottom of the ocean in their steel tombs," McGrievy said.

Not only did the members of the SubVets Association attend, but also Sailors of today's submarine community were there to pay respects to shipmates lost in the call of duty. "I am here because it's part of our history and heritage," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SS) Matthew Jasnik of the Naval Base Point Loma galley. …

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