As the saying goes, there are no atheists in foxholes; there are certainly none in the depths of the oceans. Four U.S. WW II sunken submarines with all of their crewmen K.I.A. which were found in some way or another (Memorial service, physically finding, mistaken location & submitted photos over a six year period on the same calendar week should be in all rights considered highly improbable.

As is evident on the main menu, documenting lost submarines is something that any naval historian would jump at the chance to do, and from the grace of the master of the universe I have been privileged in some form or another of doing this twice. I live in a country whose first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, said that you have to be a realist to believe in miracles, because for the life of me I could not explain what I see in any other way.
Without going off on a tangent here, I simply want to tell you what this means in Hebrew, because that is where I see all the correlations where coincidences do not fit the bill (and we do not believe in coincidences). My background is from a religious Jewish perspective and I have been living in Israel since 1981.

A Memorial Service sponsored by American Legion Post 639 was held on Saturday, 17 September 2005 for the Lagarto's (SS-371) crew in Springfield Missouri.
The week's Bible portion that was read in synagogues around the world was in Deuteronomy, 21:10 to 25:19. In Hebrew it is called Ki Teitzei La Malchama: (When you go off to war....)
74 of the 613 commandments are in this reading.
The one commandment in particular which is a shared event (which I see) in this sequence over a 3 year period (2006-8) is the commandment of HaShevat Avedah, translation: returning a lost object.
In Chapter 22, verse 3: "You shall return every lost thing of your brother's...".

One of the leading sages of Israel, Rabbi Zev Leff of Moshav Mattityahu mentioned that this includes helping to return a lost body as well. There is obviously more built into it than that, but it will do for starters.
The commandments have been learned out in depth over centuries (3,000 + years) by the brightest minds of Israel. The Oral Torah, known as the Gemora, (Babylonian or Jerusalem version) is an extrapolation of the written Torah which was never translated when the Written Bible was codified into Greek.
The tractate Sanhedrin deals with this subject in detail.

On 24 August 2007, the Grunion (SS-216) was found on the same Bible reading.
It was found near the island of Segula, which in Hebrew means special treasure, or jewel. It is a common word in Hebrew and it is found 8 times in the Bible
#1. Exodus 19:5,
#2. Deuteronomy 7:6, #3. 14:2 & #4. 26:18.
#5. Malachi 3:17.
#6. Psalms 135:4
#7. Ecclesiastes 2:8
#8. Chronicles I 29:3
The company that found the Grunion,Williamson Associates, was acting as a subsidiary of Nauticos; also helped find Israel's lost submarine, the Dakar, which amazingly was neither lost or found in the Bible reading of Ki Teitzei. It was found on the reading of Nasso, which is in Numbers 4:21 - 7:89.

On 12 September 2008 I received a response from Charles R. Hinman, director of oneternalpatrol.com, regarding a BTW from a photo i.d. of the Capelin (SS-289) which I had sent to him in April and again 3 weeks earlier in August. He informed me that the last state in the U.S. to set aside its memorial for the 52 lost WW II boats, Oregon, was finally dedicating their submarine memorial to their assigned boat, the Albacore (SS-218). Since WW II, this boat's resting place which is believed to be in position 41.49N, 141.11E. and for the last 64 years thought to be in northeastern Hokkaido is actually off the eastern coast of southern Hokkaido's Kameda Peninsula. This info also arrived on the same reading for the week. Same reading on the same subject matter for 3 years in a row.
Note: The Hebrew Calendar is a lunar based 354 day year with a 19 year cycle which includes 7 leap years built into it; one about every 2-3 years.

I initially looked for correlations based on the Gematria of longitude and latitude, but there are too many possibilities regarding usage of words and letters in different arrangements.
I then added up the numbers of the lost boats, 371, 218 & 216 but the number 805 was greater than the number needed, which has to be 613 or less.
I then added the numbers of the dead crew members, 86, 85 & 70 and got 241.
BTW, this is not an impartial math lesson, I have corresponded with relatives of these dead sailors over the years.
In Hebrew lettering, words correspond to numbers, 241 corresponds to the letters Resh, Mem & Aleph, which among other things make up the Hebrew word Amar, which translates as; To Say.
I inquired Yeshiva Ohr-Somayach to look into a Kabbala connection via Rabbi Shlomo Hillel of Jerusalem. The answer that I received was that there was no connection.

There are 3 possibilities of this number occurring in the overall figure of 613 commandments which the Jewish people have received from G-D. There are 248 positive commandments, 365 negative and the number itself in the overall figure of 613.
That number positive (241) in the series of 248 refers to the commandment in Exodus 22:05; "If a fire breaks out, and catches in thorns, so that the sheaves, or standing corn, or the field be consumed, he that kindled the conflagration shall surely make restitution".
The Rambam (Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon) in his famous commentary on the Bible written 800 years ago, uses the word Ki Teitzei (when you go out) as the first words in his description of this commandment. It is the only time these words are found in his commentary.
The negative number 241 in the series of 365 refers to Deuteronomy 24:17, "Thou shall not pervert the judgment of the stranger, or of the fatherless; nor take a widow's garment as a pledge;"
The overall number 241 of the 613 is found on Leviticus 19:18 ,"Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself; I am the Lord."

This is just the translation without the losing it in whispering down the lane.
What this has to do with non-Jews as the overwhelming majority of the dead crews on the boats were, I have no idea; I just work here and am simply stating what I see with the limited vision that I can relate to that there is definitely a Divine hand at play here.
BTW, the Jewish population in the U.S. 1940 census was approximately 1.5% of the population.

Note: This phenomenon did not occur in 2009 or 2010. However, a ceremony was held for the Flier (SS-250) in 2010 on 13 August, one day before the beginning of the week when Ke-Tatze would have been read.
Most recently (6 September 2011), the grandson of the CO of the Bonefish (SS-223) sent me photos of the boat which was sunk with all hands on 18 June 1945.
Translation from Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel.
PDF of the Dakar courtesy of Bruce Abele.

If anybody wants to verify the Hebrew dates based on the Torah reading of Ki Teitzei with the happenings of the
Lagarto on 17 September 2005;
Grunion on 24 August 2007;
Albacore on 12 September 2008; &
Bonefish on 6 September 2011;
the Hebrew calender is right here for your benefit, the Torah reading should say Parashat (Reading) Ki Teitzei when those dates are entered.

For a few moments of interest, on 23 August 2012 I received a spreadsheet with the discrepancies that I had posted with that of sub losses from oneternalpatrol.com., which I subsequently updated. As I worked my way down the list, the first of the 3 boats that I dealt with was the Albacore, and it showed an addition of one from the list of 241, which would have fudged the math. In any event, everything is for the good, so I figured things would work out. Further down the list, the Lagarto appeared with a subtraction of one, so the math worked out anyway! As the expression goes, THE LORD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!
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