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My dad was a submarine combat veteran in the Pacific. He joined the Navy as a 17-year-old and completed Submarine School shortly before his 18th birthday. He was on his first war patrol as an 18-year-old sailor.
He had completed four war patrols by the time the war ended in 1945.
No matter when and where you fought, I thank all of our veterans who served on the front lines and those who provided the support needed on the front lines.
The Submarine Lifeguard League
The Submarine Lifeguard League was officially formed in early 1943. From then and until August 14, 1945, a total of 518 airmen were rescued from a watery grave or certain capture by the enemy. Many rescues were accomplished by the 87 submarines assigned lifeguard missions within sight of enemy forces and while under fire.