Submarine Lifeguard League refers to operations assigned to Pacific Fleet Submarines from 1943 through 1945. Submarines assigned were to patrol close inshore during aerial bombardment of enemy held islands and to perform rescue duties for any aircraft shot down while in the target area. Starting in 1943, with the Gilbert Islands campaign and concluding at the cessation of hostilities in 1945. The record success shows that 503 Aviators and crew were rescued and the 504th being none other than former President George W. Bush.Many of these rescues were conducted under heavy enemy fire which gravely endangered the boat and its 87 crewmembers. Nor was it the most popular duty among the Submarines that were assigned. However they replied simply "Aye, Aye Sir! Then simply went out and did a superlative job.
TTo those 7000 plus who participated in these operations, this monument is dedicated to you and those brave Airmen you rescued.
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