Thursday, October 02, 2008

Nonexistent U.S. Submarine Makes the History Channel

1996 - Ex-submariner (and nuclear reactor operator) Roger C. Dunham, M.D. published the book Spy Sub at left. The book's jacket claims USS Viperfish (SSN-655) is the pseudonym Dunham gave the sub to pass security screening for classified material while remaining a "true story." The photographs in the book show an actual U.S. nuclear submarine.

A YouTube video (below) from The History Channel fills in many blanks in a risky story which Dunham lived through, but was not cleared to know at the time. Is the real sub eligible for the Submarine Hall of Fame? The actual submarine crew received P.U.C. awards from President Johnson. These are proudly worn, but for many, without knowing actual details of exactly why.

Acceptance into the sub Hall of Fame is considered for post WWII submarines which have made engineering or tactical advances.

October 17, 2008 - Submission deadline for nominating additional submarine to the U.S. Navy Submarine Hall of Fame
October 01, 2008 - Bubblehead's TSSP discussion forum of which boat not on the existing list do you think should be inducted?

October 1, 2008 - History Channel video 3 of 5 (Hat Tip Eric's Decks Awash):

NUCLEAR SHARKS I - Final Mission :: [Part 3 of 5]

Vigilis read Dunham's intriguing book years ago. The YouTube was such a crowning touch to a great submarine story I watched all 5 parts. There is no question that the nonexistent USS Viperfish will ever be admitted to the Submarine Hall of Fame. Might as well be fiction.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



At 03 October, 2008 00:12, Blogger Pat said...

I'm glad to see you tip the hat to a up and coming submarine blog! Now I am waiting for the wag of the finger to Mike Mulligan! You sub bloggers know what I'm talkin bout!


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