|McCann Rescue Chamber|
McCann Rescue Chamber
The only successful rescue of men from a sunken American submarine occured in 1939, when the USS Squalus sank to the bottom on a test dive. Working against time and extreme depth, divers from the submarine rescue vessel USS Falcon (ASR-2) were able to attach a downhaul cable from a submarine rescue chamber to make several trips between the submarine and the surface until the 33 survivors were brought to safety.
Secrets of the Sub
|Victory At Cost|
Victory at a cost
During World War II, The United States Submarine Force, encompassing less than 2% of the U.S. Navy's fleet, inflicted destruction on Japanese maritime power. U.S. submarines were responsible for sinking over 30% of the Japanese Navy including eight aircraft carriers, one battleship and eleven cruisers. More importantly, the Submarine Force sank 2,400 Japanese merchant ships totaling 4.9 million tons.
However, this success did not come without risk. Out of a total of 14,000 submariners who fought in peril under the sea took losses of over 3,500 officers and men. Approximately one in four submariners never returned.
The USS Bonefish submarine plaque is one of fifty-two memorials at the Waterfront Memorial at Bowfin Park.