Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Submarine History Mystery

On May 5th, 1972, USS Silversides (SSN-679) was commissioned.

A submarine's commissioning booklet, given as a souvenir to participants and guests, usually includes some history of the vessel, some remarks about history of the commssioning ceremony and the photographs and biographies of the VIPs and the Captain, along with pictures of the other officers and crew, and sometimes pictures or drawings of the boat.

The commissioning booklet for Silversides includes most of these things, with one notable exception - the picture and biography of Silverside's Commanding Officer. The program of events shows CDR John E. Allen as the Commanding Officer, but nothing else.

While there is probably a simple explanation for the omission, like an error by the printer that was wasn't caught in time, until we find out, this will be a submarine history mystery...


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