This IS NOT a typical Submarine Website. This website was developed and created in an effort to preserve not only the history of the submarine USS Sailfish, but more importantly for the historic documentation that only the men who served within her hull can convey.
The sights, sounds, smells and events that actually took place during Sailfish’s 22 years of service need to be told and preserved in such a way so that all of our future generations can learn and benefit from our experiences.
Unlike any Social Media sites that are open for members only to post and read, this site is designed specifically for former crew members of the USS Sailfish to document their memories while onboard and have those memories available online for ALL visitors to read. Although some of the memories posted may include a little submarine humor, focus is made more toward actual documentation of what we experienced, written in such a way that even our great, great grandchildren would be proud to read aloud in a history classroom.
Our memories are all we have to share. Although the USS Sailfish (SS-572) now sits in pieces at a depth of over 1,451 fathoms (over 8,700 feet) in the Pacific Ocean, those of us who are still on watch need to tell our stories. Many of the former crew have passed on due to health issues stemming from their service on Sailfish while many more are still battling respiratory issues, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.
Sailfish history isn’t just limited to those of us who sailed inside her. Our wives and children also gave freely of themselves in support of our service. In time, plans are to have an additional section for dependents to tell their stories.
This is OUR site….It belongs to us,… “The crew of the 572″…. If you are a former Sailfish crew member and would like to contribute your stories, please feel free to fill out and submit the registration form.
Diesel Boats Forever!!
William J. Lanahan EN2(SS) 1971-1975