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USS Grunion (SS-216)


A team lead by the sons of her commanding officer, Mannert Lincoln "Jim" Abele, found USS Grunion (SS-216) approximately 10 miles northeast of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. On August 16, 2006, they discovered a probable submarine wreck, and produced sonar images of it. The vessel shown here lies at a depth of over 2000 feet.

The following year the Abele brothers sent down an unmanned remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and photographed the wrecksite. After detailed analysis, the U.S. Navy confirmed the identity of the vessel as USS Grunion.

Grunion showing open hatch


Secrets of the Sub

Submarine Rescues

Submarine Rescues

A critical task performed by the US submarine force during World War II, was the rescuing of downed pilots and air crews; They were so efficient at it, that they rescued 520 US airmen from the Pacific Ocean waters. One of those rescued, went on to become President of the United States.

Rescueing George H. W. Bush

Former US President George H. W. Bush Sr. He was rescued by the USS Finback after being shot down while he was on an air strike mission over Chichi Shima in the Bonin Islands during 2 September 1944.

USS Tang Group Photo

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard H. O'Kane (center), poses with the twenty-two aircrewmen that Tang rescued off Truk during the carrier air raids there on 29 April-1 May 1944. The photograph was taken upon Tang's return to Pearl Harbor from her second war patrol, in May 1944.