D. Allan Kerr is the author of “Silent Strength,” a book about the men lost aboard Thresher.
The tragic loss of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher in 1963 inspired rigorous safety measures to ensure future Navy crewmen wouldn’t suffer a similar fate. This is the enduring legacy of the Thresher.
The spirit of Thresher lives on through a tradition unique to the brotherhood of those who dare sail beneath the ocean’s surface.
This past summer, the Navy’s Atlantic Submarine Fleet announced Lt. j.g. Jeremy Brown earned the honor of becoming the newest sailor to qualify as a submarine officer. In accomplishing this goal, Brown earned the right to wear a pair of golden dolphin pins once awarded to another young Navy officer named John Wesley Harvey. Harvey was skipper of the doomed Thresher when it went down 220 miles off the New England coast during sea trials April 10, 1963. The significance of wearing Harvey’s pins is not lost on Brown.
D. Allan Kerr is the author of “Silent Strength,” a book about the men lost aboard Thresher. Kerr may be found on the Sloth Blog at https://slothonline.com/portfolio/d-allan-kerr/