A Tribute to our Submariners
- June 1, 2015
- / Emmalee Sutton
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Each month of this year, Veterans Memorial Park Foundation is honoring the fallen, retired, and still-serving Veterans of our nation by featuring a different memorial each month. The monuments at the Veterans Memorial Park of Pensacola serve to remind us of the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers before us. The park is a place where visitors may pay respects and learn about wartime in the U.S. dating back to the Civil War through current day military affairs.
In the month of June, Veterans Memorial Park Foundation is highlighting the contributions of the Submarine Lifeguard League. This Submariner monument pays tribute to the operations assigned to the Pacific Fleet Submarines. Not a desirable mission, these men faced their war task with bravery and stride.
From 1943 to 1945, these submarines were assigned for patrol during enemy aerial bombardment. These service members not only patrolled enemy held islands, they also performed numerous rescue missions for aircrafts shot down in U.S. territory. The brave submariners had to perform these rescue missions under heavy enemy fire, an extremely dangerous feat for the boat and crew members. Records show that 503 Aviators and crew were rescued. The 504th rescue included none other than former U.S. President, George W. Bush.