The following information was released by the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station.
The United States National Submarine Memorial West, located at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, will be the site of annual public Memorial Day services Monday, May 28.
The 11 a.m. observance will include the unique “tolling the boats” ceremony, during which the name of each of the 52 U.S. submarines lost during World War Two is read aloud, along with the fate of each crew, as a bell is tolled. The guest speaker will be Commander Eric L. Severseike, Commanding Officer of the attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711).
The free event will be open to the public and is hosted by the Los Angeles Area “Diesel Boaters” Chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, and the Los Angeles-Pasadena Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. No advance reservations are needed.
The submarine memorial is located aboard the naval weapons station at 800 Seal Beach Boulevard, between Westminster Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, in the City of Seal Beach.
For more information contact the Naval Weapons Station Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Gregg Smith, at 562-626-7215.
Detail of a file photo by C.E.H. Wiedel of the memorial plaque to USS Barbel (S-136), lost in January 1945. The plaque is part of the World War II Submarine Memorial West at the front gate of Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station.
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