|USS Grunion (SS-216)|
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.
Secrets of the Sub
Artist Alberto Vargas became famous for his WWII watercolors depicting beautiful pin-up girls. "Varga girls" were so popular that many different artists immitated Vargas’ technique and approach to the female figure: an idealized female form eliciting sensuality and seduction. During the 1940’s his work was a hit amongst enlisted men who drew inspiration from them which inadvertently created high morale. The military was so influenced by this art that they adorned their vessels with it. Many military aircraft had Varga style girls decorating the nose of their planes, Varga girls were even printed on greeting cards and sent to enlisted men by their sweethearts. Inside the engine room aboard USS Bowfin, the crew posted a 1943 Vargas calendar, on which they doodled, wrote notes, and recorded their conquests of the sea.