Invitation to 51st USS Thresher Memorial Service

posted Jan 31, 2014, 4:59 AM by Scott Vaden
NEWS-01: Invitation to 51st USS Thresher Memorial Service
Submitted by: Kevin Galeaz - Thresher Base Commander on 1/28/2014
USSVI Shipmates,

You are formally invited to attend the 51st Annual USS Thresher Memorial Service hosted by USSVI Thresher Base at the R. W. Traip Academy Auditorium in Kittery, Maine on Saturday, April 12, 2014 starting at 1300.

Join with your Thresher Base Brothers to honor the loss of 129 crew members, US Naval Submarine Officer Observers, and civilian support personnel aboard the USS Thresher during sea trials off the New England coast 50 years ago on April 10, 1963. Your attendance and personal conversation with the USS Thresher family and former crew members enhances their experience by helping both to generate and to perpetuate the memories of their loved ones, our Brothers.

If you cannot make this year’s memorial service, you can still participate in the slide presentation shown prior to the start of the service. Compose a short message from your Base along with an optional photo of your members addressed to the family and former crew of the USS Thresher in attendance. Send the email to Thresher Base Commander Kevin Galeaz at Your message helps to foster the sense of support this service provides to the USS Thresher family members.

RSVP's are due on March 15th. Email your RSVP with the names in your party to Thresher Base Commander Kevin Galeaz by email at or by phone 603.268.0420.

Finally, on behalf of Thresher Base, tnank you to all USSVI Bases and shipmates who donated, sent email messages included in the pre-service presentation, and attended the 50th USS Thresher Memorial Service. Your support helped to make the 50th an once in a lifetime event for all those who were deeply touched by this tragedy - including those who work each day to prevent another similar tragedy from occurring.