A couple hundred Thresher family members are going to be coming to town April 11th for the annual memorial service. for more information visit: http://www.theweeklysentinel.com/ Page 10
Family rediscovers USS Thresher commander’s letters:
In February 1963, just two months before the fatal cruise that would claim his life and 128 shipmates, USS Thresher skipper John Wesley Harvey wrote a letter to third-grader Beth Barfoot.
Harvey, a 35-year-old Navy lieutenant commander, had just taken the helm of the $45 million fast-attack submarine at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Thresher (SSN 593) was the first in a dynamic new class of vessels created to counter the threat of Soviet aggression at the height of the Cold War.