U.S. Submariners: The Unseen and Unsung Heroes of U.S. Military History
- June 1, 2015
- / Emmalee Sutton
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Submariners refer to submarines as "boats.” These boats played a vital roll in the gathering of intelligence and nuclear deterrence during the Cold War, and in underwater attack and rescue missions during WWII. The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, reached the North Pole in August of 1958, beneath the hard ice surface.
During WWII, the U.S. submariners performed an incredible feat, sinking more Japanese vessels than did U.S. vessels and planes. However, this task was at a price of a twenty percent casualty rate for the submariners. The submariners made up less than 2 percent of U.S. Navy forces, yet they have been credited with taking out more than half of all Japanese ships sunk in WWII. In U.S. military history, close to 4,000 submariners have lost their lives in the efforts to secure American freedom.