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|90k||Postal cover marking the launching of the Shark (SS-314) from the South Yard of Electric Boat Company and the launching of the Bream (SS-243) at Electric Boat's Victory Yard on 17 Oct 1943.||Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|177k||Shark (SS-314) slides down the ways at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 17 October 1943.
Taken by an Electric Boat Company photographer.
|Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-88704, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|94k||Cdr. Blakely cuts the cake at Shark's (SS-314) commissioning party, Feb. 1944 at Polly's Inn off West Norwich Road, Montville, CT.||Courtesy of 99main.com.|
|98k||Wives and crew members of the Shark (SS-314). Cdr. Blakely is second on the left, first row, Feb. 1944 at Polly's Inn off West Norwich Road, Montville, CT.||Courtesy of 99main.com.|
|90k||Officers and crew members of the Shark (SS-314) at the commissioning party, Feb. 1944 at Polly's Inn off West Norwich Road, Montville, CT.||Courtesy of 99main.com.|
|60k||Officers of the Shark (SS-314) at the commissioning party, Feb. 1944 at Polly's Inn off West Norwich Road, Montville, CT.||Courtesy of 99main.com.|
|123k||Edward Noe Blakely, Commander (Commanding Officer) of the Shark (SS-314) at the time of her loss.||USN photo courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.|
|123k||General area map of Bashi Channel, where the Shark (SS-314) was sunk in waters over several thousand feet.||"Map of Southeast Asia," by Bartholemew & Son Ltd, Edinburgh, courtesy of taipeipeacepeople.com.|
|259k||Google Earth satellite photo of the site and surrounding islands of Shark's (SS-314) last approximate position based during post-war debriefings. This position is thought to be the final resting place of the Shark and her crew.||View courtesy of Google Earth.|
|32k||Japanese destroyer Harukaze, credited with sinking the Shark (SS-314).||Photo courtesy of Aryeh Wetterhorn via spruso.com.|
|50k||Commemorative photo in honor of the memory of the crew of the Shark (SS-314).||Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen. Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.|
|117k||Joyce DaSilva, the wife of Jesse DaSilva of the Tang (SS-306), one of the nine survivors of the boat, tosses a flower into a reflecting pool to honor the memory of one of the 52 submarines lost during World War II at the National Submarine Memorial-West on board Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. On this Veterans Day, the Submarine Veterans of World War II transferred ownership of the memorial to the U.S. Navy.
The following text is from The Coming Fury by Bruce Catton., pg. 478.
"Major Sullivan Ballou of Rhode Island was killed in the battle, and just before it he had written to his wife, Sarah, to tell her that he believed he was going to be killed and to express a tremulous faith that could see a gleam of light in the dark:
"But O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and float unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you in the gladdest days and in the gloomiest nights, always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your chest it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait, for we shall meet again!"
|Text i.d. courtesy of Marlynn Starring. Photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Senior, Vice Commander, Los Angeles-Pasadena Base, USSVI.
U.S. Navy photo # N-1159B-021 by Journalist 2nd Class Brian Brannon, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
|30k||Shark (SS-314) crewmen holding up ship's pennant.
In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 20th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, 1982, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S. submariners who died defending their county:
"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay / He brought me forth also into a large place: / he delivered me because he delighted in me./"
|Courtesy of csp.navy.mil .|
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