These voices from the past carry with them the hopes and dreams of our future. The officers and sailors whose sacrifice and commitment changed the course of the great war would forever change the course of history for all time.
"...Early in the war there was a fact finding committee that the congressmen sent out to the Pacific...
...and when they got back, one of them made the remark that our submariners didn't have anything to worry about that the Japanese weren't setting their charges deep enough...
...Well, the Japanese can read too and I believe Admiral Lockwoods figures on that were..
...in the next 6 months we lost 10 submarines cause they just started setting their charges deeper."
"...The role was a tremendous role...
...The Empire knew that we were valuable...
...yet there was a lot of things that we were able to do that they didn't believe was possible."
"...The role that the American submarine played in WWll was the most significant military victory in the history of the world...
... No military service can compare with what we accomplished. With less than 2% of the Navy's personnel they sank 65% of all the Japanese ships sunk..
... and that was the entire Japanese maritime fleet plus 1/ 3 of its military men of war,including the largest ship ever built."
To Fly Beneath the Waves is a multi-media event that will document the incredible history of the American Submarine.
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To Fly Beneath the WavesTM
World War II
Submarine Veterans History Project
A Rand Chesshir Film
Produced By Rand Chesshir
Associate ProducerMark J. Denger
Narrated By Dr. Roger D. McGrath
William W. Huss, Jr.
Norman S. Marshall
John R. Justice
California Center for Military History
The men who served in World War II are dying at an alarming rate and their stories are dying with them. Among these veterans are the men of the United States Navy's Submarine Service. With less than 2% of the Navy's personnel these men destroyed 55% of Japan's Merchant Fleet and 1/3 of her war ships, giving the American forces time to rebuild and ultimately to win the war.
In this presentation we will see the urgency for acting decisively to preserve the untold stories of those men who saved our freedom.