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Mt. Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Cold War Submarine Memorial
1947 - 1989
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
1. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
 
Inscription.
A Tribute to Professional Excellence
Dedication, Sacrifice, and National Will

Our submarines went to sea a silent invisible force solemnly dedicated to maintaining peace, but ready to fight if necessary to defend our nation and allies

Constructed and Donated by
The Cold War Submarine Memorial Foundation
Vice Admiral Albert J. Bagiocco. Jr.. USN (RET)-Chairman
Captain Thomas A Mayberry, Jr., USN (RET)-Vice Chairman
James R. Fel. P.E. - Secretary
Commander John P. Minaudo, SC. USNR (RET) - Treasurer
Captain Russelle A. Pickett, USN (RET)- Executive Director

Board of Directors
Thomas W. Alexander • William C. Cleveland lll, Esq. • Vadm Daniel L. Cooper, USN (RET) • Mercade A Cramer • William E. Craver, Jr. • Governor James B. Edwards • Radm J.H. I Latley lll. USN (RET) (ex. officer) • Leonard C. Greenebaum • Richard K. Gregory • A. L. Hutchinson. Jr. • Capt Thomas M. Jaskunas, USN (RET) • Frank E. Lucas, IAIA • Capt H.E. Marshall. USN (RET) • ETC (SS) Rodney W. McKanna, USN (RET) • Capt J. B. Mueller, USN (RET) • Dr. Louis Policiccio • Dr. Richard L. Schreadley • Dr. Mary Thornley
Architect – I S3P Associates LTD
Contractor – Colony Construction Company
Granite Monuments – E.J. VcGartily & Sons
Submarine Sail Restoration – Detyins Shipyard
Dedicated December 6, 2002
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2011
2. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
incorporating the actual sail (seen behind tablet) and rudder of the USS Lewis and Clark SSBN 644.
 

 
Erected 2002 by The Cold War Submarine Memorial Foundation.
 
Location. 32° 47.645′ N, 79° 54.256′ W. Marker is in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Patriots Point Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Yorktown (CV~10) (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Pollack (SSN 603) USS Haddo (SSN 604) (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memoriam • USS Thresher and USS Scorpion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II Submarine Lost Boat Memorial (about 300 feet away); Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum/The Medal of Honor Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Talos Missile (approx. ¼ mile away); The A-4 Skyhawk Pilots (approx. 0.3 miles away); A4C Skyhawk (approx. 0.3 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1.
Located in the heart of the Charleston Harbor, the Cold War Submarine Memorial is an enduring tribute to the dedicated men who served in our naval submarines during the Cold War from 1947-1989. The Cold War memorial is designed to give overall size and shape of the sub and incorporating the actual sail and rudder of the USS LEWIS AND CLARK SSBN 644. Additionally, the memorial gives thanks to the men and women, both civilian and military, who provided outstanding support assuring the remarkable success of each mission.
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
3. Cold War Submarine Memorial
 
    — Submitted May 22, 2011.
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
4. Cold War Submarine Memorial
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
5. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
A marker describing the memorial and how it came to be.
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
6. Cold War Submarine Memorial
Nearby donors marker lists the founders, leaders, guarantors, benefactors, sustainers, patrons, distinguished donors, and friends of the Cold War Submarine Memorial.
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
7. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
This marker lists the ballistic and attack submarines in service during the Cold War.
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
8. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
This marker is a list of Cold War attack submarines that were decommissioned prior to 1970.
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
9. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
This marker is a list of Cold War attack submarines that were in commission from 1971 through 1989.
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
10. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
This marker is a list of Cold War ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) in commission through 1989.
The "Forty One for Freedom"
plus 10 Ohio Class SSBNs
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
11. Cold War Submarine Memorial
 
 
Plaque near the Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
12. Plaque near the Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
They went to sea as a powerful and survivable deterrent force - a unique symbol of dedication, sacrifice, and national will - to preserve our nation and its allies, and to ensure peace and stability throughout the world.
 
 
Plaque near the Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
13. Plaque near the Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
The Cold War Submarine Memorial has been made possible through generous contributions from individual submariners, private citizens, industry and government.
 
 
Plaque near the Cold War Submarine Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
14. Plaque near the Cold War Submarine Memorial
This memorial stands as an enduring tribute to the dedicated men who served in our fleet ballistic missile and attack submarines during the years of the Cold War, to their families, and to those who provided the support that made their missions possible.
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Donors Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
15. Cold War Submarine Memorial Donors Marker
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
16. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
This memorial is located at "Station 6." It is a tribute to the officers and men of the Submarine Force who served during the Cold War and have given their lives for their country.
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
17. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
The verse at the bottom is from Leslie Nelson Jennings' "Lost Harbor."

The marker itself reads:
In Memorium
To those who sacrificed their lives while serving in and supporting our submarine forces during the Cold War.

USS Thresher (SSN 593)
Lost at sea with all hands
April 10, 1963

USS Scorpian (SSN 589)
Lost at sea with all hands
June 2, 1968

There is a port of no return, where ships May ride at anchor for a little space And the, some starless night, the cable slips, Leaving an eddy at the mooring place..... Gulls, veer no longer. Sailor, rest your oar. No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2011
18. Cold War Submarine Memorial
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Royal Navy Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
19. Cold War Submarine Memorial Royal Navy Marker
We Come Unseen
Heralded by the motto of the British Royal Navy Submarine Service, this stone commemorates the part played by its submarines during the Cold War.
Justifiably described as the Third World War, this conflict followed close on the heels of the bloody conflict of the Second World War, during which the Royal Navy (RN) had suffered one in three submarine casualties, and the US Navy had lost almost one in five submarines. Thus the two submarine navies already shared a proud heritage of sacrifice and extraordinary courage.
The links of history were never stronger than during the Cold War, when we stood shoulder to shoulder against a common threat. From the late 1940s RN diesel driven submarines participated in the earliest, often dangerous and uncomfortable, surveillance operations in the farthest reaches of the North Atlantic against a growing Soviet Navy. The RN joined the nuclear club in the mid 1960s. The fact that its early SSNs were christened with the greatest of ship names from the past (Dreadnought, Valiant, Warspite) indicated that a new era of capital ships had dawned. President John F. Kennedy had transferred Polaris technology to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan under the Nassau Agreement in late 1962, and when HMS Resolution undertook her first deterrent patrol in early 1968, she and her sisters – HMS Renown, Repulse and Revenge – provided the United Kingdom with “the best insurance policy the nation ever had”. The four Resolution Class SSBNs were to undertake 229 unbroken patrols until Repulse decommissioned in 1996. The Swiftsure and Trafalgar classes of attack submarines appeared in the 1970s and 80s, and they continued the excellent record of the Churchill-class before them.
The Cold War was won beneath the waves, out of sight and often out of mind. Future American and British submariners, facing a different threat, will carry forward the proud legacy of underwater cooperation and achievement that has been so firmly built on deep friendship and quiet trust among the submarines of the two nations.
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
20. Cold War Submarine Memorial
Members of the Royal Navy Submarine Service are honored here as well. This Royal Navy submarine sculpture was unveiled on May 16, 2008.
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
21. Cold War Submarine Memorial
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
22. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
Stealthy and Unseen, our Submarines were our "Eyes and Ears" That Monitored Soviet Maritime Operations in Every Ocean of The World
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
23. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
In Recognition of our attack submarines and The Dedicated and Daring men who served in them during The Cold War
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
24. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
25. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
They ensured our submarines could sail with confidence fully ready and on time
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
26. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
A Tribute to the Dedicated men an women - Both Military and Civilian who manned the submarine support infrastructure that allowed our submarines to sail with confidence fully ready and on time
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
27. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
28. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
29. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
They went to se loaded and capable of initating a nuclear holocaust while charged with the solemn responsibility of preventing one
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
30. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
In recognition of our fleet ballistic missile submarines and the dedicated and gallant men who served in them during The Cold War
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
31. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
In recognition of the strong, dedicated submarine families - wives, children and parents - who selflessly endured long and silent absences while their loved ones were at sea on patrol for extended periods thoughout the Cold War. They may be the unrecognized heroes. Their strength coupled withlove devotion for their husbands, fathers and sons, gave their Sailors the extra edge' needed to perform their mission confident that all was under control at home. Lead by the adoptive mothers of the ship - the wives of the Commanding Officer. Executive Officer and Chief of the Boat, plus the ship's Ombudsman - these women provided the strength and the glue that held the boat's family together. They provided a friend to laugh and have fun with, a hand to hold, and a shoulder to cry on. They supported each other, and included the single Sailors' parents as part of this family. They created close networks to help each other during difficulties and emergencies, and to share the good times. They developed lifelong friends, who stay the course still, offering today's support for those contnuing the traditions of deterrence for peace. They shared meals, movies, beach times, thousands of "pot luck" gatherings, holidays. Submarine Birthday celebrations, costume parties - Submarine wives sharing and caring. They could tell thirty stories in thirty minutes, and still have thousands more to tell. This hearfelt bond among the families of the Submarine Force has prevailed over the years. It was never stronger nor more sincere than among the families of the Submariners who sailed from Charleston, South Carolina, during the Cold War.
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
32. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
In recognition of the strong, dedicated submarine families - wives, children and parents - who selfessly endured long and silent absences while their loved ones were at sea on patrol for extended periods throughout the Cold War
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
33. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
34. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
In recognition of the people of South Carolina and the Lowcountry whose strong commitment to freedom and democracy provided unflagging support to the Navy men and women of the Submarine Force throughout the Cold War During the initial years of the Cold War, virtually every strategic ballistic missile in our nation's sea-based deterrent arsenal was assembled and loaded into Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) sumarines at the Naval Weapons Station Charleston. Each of the "Forty-one for Freedom" FBM sumarines, including those of the Pacific Fleet, loaded their first test missiles here; and all but two of the "Forty-One" loaded their strategic missles and sailed on thir initial deterrent patrol from Charleston. Additionally,every British Royal Navy FBM sumarine loaded its strategic missiles in Charleston. Duting the peakyears of the Cold War, as many as 40,000 members of the Submarine Force and their families were part of the grater Charleston community. Known for their superb hospitality. Charlestonians from all walds of life warmly welcomed these submariners and their families into their community, just as they have welcomed the Navy throughout history. Throughout the Cold War, the entire U.S. FBM weapons system was supported worldwide from Charleston with maintenance teams, repair parts, and consumable supplies. In addition, during this period Charleston was the homeport for a large number of first-line nuclear attack submarines. They enjoyed similar high-quality support. Working side by side with the Navy men and women, civilian employees of the Charleston Naval Shipyard. Naval Station. Naval Base. Naval Weapons Station, Naval Supply Center, Polaris Missile Facility Atlantic, Polaris Material Office Atlantic, Naval Electronics Systems Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and the Air Force Base, provided the trusted and reliable support infrastructure that allowed our submariners to sail with confidence and success on long and arduous missions of immense national importance. Clearly, this South Carolina civilian-military team perfomed unique and historic service in a vital national effort that contributed directly to maintainging stability and peace throughout the world.
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
35. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
Dedicated to the people of South Crolina and the lowcountry whose strong commitment to freedom and democracy provided unflagging support to the navy men and women of the submarine force throughout the Cold War
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
36. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
37. Cold War Submarine Memorial Marker
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2011
38. Cold War Submarine Memorial
the full-sized replica of a Benjamin Franklin Class Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine, USS LEWIS AND CLARK
 
 
Cold War Submarine Memorial rudder of the USS LEWIS AND CLARK SSBN 644. Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2011
39. Cold War Submarine Memorial rudder of the USS LEWIS AND CLARK SSBN 644.
 
 
Cold War Submarine USS Lewis and Clark ( full-sized replica ) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2011
40. Cold War Submarine USS Lewis and Clark ( full-sized replica )
with original sail and rudder on display
 
 
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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
41. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
U.S. Submarine Veterans           United States         
          World War II                           Submarine Veterans
RADM James B. Osborn USN
1918 2004
USS George Washington (SSBN 598)
Donated by Swamp Fox-Sub Vets WWII and Charleston Base - USSVI
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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
42. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
USS L. Mendel Rivers
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
43. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
RADM Clio Dean Mitchell USN
First Commanding Officer
USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624)
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
44. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
Royal Navy Submarine Service
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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
45. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
U.S.S. Pollock
Silent Service
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Pollock (SSN 603)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
46. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
Casimir Pulaski
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN 633)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
47. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
Ray
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Ray (SSN 653)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
48. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
USS Will Rogers
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
49. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
Von Steuben
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Von Steuben (SSBN 632)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
50. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
USS Flasher
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Flasher (SSN 613)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
51. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
U.S. S. Wahoo           USS Wahoo        
         SS 238                         SS 565
In Honor of Our Shipmates on Eternal Patrol
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Wahoo (SSN 565)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Wahoo_(SS-565)
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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
52. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
USS Sunfish
SSN 649
Sponsored by Former Shipmates of USS Sunfish (SSN 649)

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
53. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
Charleston Naval Shipyard
Dedicated To The Fleet
Since 1901
On behalf of the former employees of Charleston Naval Shipyard

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By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2011
54. Cold War Submarine Memorial Bench
On behalf of the former submariners of Life Cycle Engineering

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Credits. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,451 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on June 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2. submitted on May 22, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   18. submitted on May 22, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37. submitted on June 4, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   38, 39, 40. submitted on May 22, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51. submitted on February 4, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   52, 53, 54. submitted on February 19, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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