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Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

"Submarine Lifeguard League"

Pride Runs Deep

"Submarine Lifeguard League" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 11, 2021
1. "Submarine Lifeguard League" Marker
Inscription.  The Submarine Lifeguard League was officially formed in early 1943. From then and until August 14, 1945, a total of 518 airmen were rescued from a watery grave or certain capture by the enemy. Many rescues were accomplished by the 87 submarines assigned lifeguard missions within sight of enemy forces and while under fire. On September 2, 1944, USS Finback was on her assigned station when she received a message reporting a navy aircraft down. The rescued pilot was Lieutenant George W. Bush, who later became the forty-first President of the United States.
Erected 2002.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, World IIWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is August 14, 1945.
Location. 30° 24.78′ N, 87° 12.205′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Memorial can be reached from East Romana Street near South 10th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Located in Veterans Memorial Park along the Admiral Mason Park Walking Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 S 10th Ave, Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War Veterans Minuteman Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Hawkshaw (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maritime Prehistory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic John the Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spanish Exploration and Discovery (approx. ¼ mile away); John Innerarity (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eugenio Antonio Sierra (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
More about this marker. Free parking is available along East Romana St. The 5.5-acre waterside park is at the site of a former baseball stadium and features war memorials, paths & benches.
Regarding "Submarine Lifeguard League". On the sides of the text are the names of the 86 submarines that rescued the more than 500 downed aviators from 1943 to 1945 and it is America's first memorial to the World War II Submariners who rescued downed Aviators from the Pacific Ocean.
Also see . . .  Mission: Lifeguard - American Submarines in the Pacific Recovered Downed Pilots (pdf). (Submitted on July 20, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
"Submarine Lifeguard League" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 11, 2021
2. "Submarine Lifeguard League" Marker
A portion of the Vietnam Veterans Wall-South can be seen on the right.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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