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USS Thresher SS 200

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The USS Thresher SS 200 sliding down the ways at Electric Boat at Groton Conn. into the Thames River on March 27, 1940. The newspaper artists have used paint and ink to enhance some of the bunting on the bow of the submarine. She would go in to be called the "Terrible T" for her war record of ships sunk in WW II.

Original News Paper Wire Photo in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman


USS Thresher SS 200 launch March 27, 1940
USS Thresher SS 200 launch March 27, 1940.
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher
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USS Thresher SS 200 pre launch out fitting
USS Thresher SS 200 pre launch work showing the stern of the submarine.
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

USS Thresher SS 200 post launch out fitting
USS Thresher SS 200 post launch out fitting
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

USS Thresher heading up the Thames River circa 1940
USS Thresher heading up the Thames River circa 1940.
Lack of diesel exhaust in this photo probably means they are on the battery.

US Navy Photo

USS Thresher Maneuvering watch on fantail circa 1940
USS Thresher Maneuvering watch on fantail circa 1940.
Seems to be civilians on board so this could be a seatrials photo.

US Navy Photo

USS Thresher Maneuvering watch on fantail circa 1940
USS Thresher Maneuvering watch circa 1940.
Seems to be civilians on board so this could be a seatrials photo.

US Navy Photo

USS Thresher Maneuvering watch on fantail circa 1940
USS Thresher Maneuvering watch circa 1940.
Seems to be civilians on board so this could be a seatrials photo.

US Navy Photo

USS Thresher Maneuvering watch on fantail circa 1940
USS Thresher Maneuvering watch circa 1940.
Seems to be civilians on board so this could be a seatrials photo.

US Navy Photo

USS Thresher Maneuvering watch on fantail circa 1940
Nice shot of the USS Thresher turtleback and screw guards circa 1940.
US Navy Photo

USS Thresher SS 200
USS Thresher SS 200

USS Thresher SS 200
USS Thresher SS 200

USS Thresher in 1943
USS Thresher in 1943 during refit trials at Mare Island.
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

Threshers Builders Plaque
Threshers Builders Plaque
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

Thresher entering port flying kill flags diring WW II
Thresher entering port flying kill flags during WW II
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

Thresher with a bone in her teeth
Thresher with a bone in her teeth. Could possibly be a post war
photo since the hull number has been painted on the conning tower fairwater.

Thresher crew at Pearl Harbor between war patrols
Thresher crew at Pearl Harbor between war patrols.
This picture show the two black stewards mates as well as the other crew.
Many times blacks were not included in these type of photos due
to the social conventions of the times. The steward in the front row
is holding the ships mascot, a little dog that sailed the war patrols
with them. A true "sea dog".
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

Crew with mascots at sea
Crew with mascots at sea
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

Crew Photo
Another crew photo.
These men never knew if they were returning from patrols so
photos were taken often. An attempt, maybe, to leave something behind
for family and loved ones.
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

Possibly a duty section photo
Possibly a duty section photo.
The submarine probably had three section duty and
this is most likely the men from one of those duty sections.
A duty section consisted of enough men from all ratings to
take the ship to sea and fight it if need be. There are two officers
three chief petty officers and various rated men. One of the officers
stewards mates is on the left edge of the photo. The party hats and dress blues
place this possibly in San Francisco at time of the Thresher's overhaul at
Mare Island Ship Yard.
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

Conning tower fair water
Conning tower fair water with ship tally painted on.
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

End of war crew photo with battle flag
End of war crew photo with battle flag
Photo courtesy of Bruce A. Broseker whose grandfather made war patrols 11 thru 15 on the Thresher

Thresher battle Flag today
Thresher battle Flag today. Thresher made 15 war patrols in WW II.

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