Old wounds…same scars.

This week, the 40th anniversary of the loss of the USS SCORPION, the Virginia-Pilot has posted a story with “fresh” ideas on the loss. (H/T to Lex for pointing out the article).

In all honesty, the article is nothing more than a book review of “All Hands Down” and “Scorpion Down” with some niceties added in through interviews by the reported that add no real value. Nothing in the story was anything I’d never heard before. In fact, most of the theories in the article can be found in this online article from 1998.

Granted, one should never cite an internet website as your primary source, but it points to the fact that the Soviet/Walker spy ring attempted connection to the loss of the SCORPION is nothing new. I’m not even going to buy the new books (much as my inner submarine geek wants to) because I’m sure there’s very little, if any, new information in them. Based on Amazon.com reviews, both books are good reads, entertaining to say the least, but not good theories.

The only thing I would have to say to anyone interested in either of these books, or of the article, is let it go. I understand there are certain family members who want to exactly what happened to their loved ones, and I do not blame them one bit. But that is something only the Navy can decide to release. People with a passing interest and nothing but conspiracy theories in their pockets do nothing but stir up old memories with little to offer in the way of comfort or resolution. It does little to honor the men who lost their lives, or their families.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Bless those who serve beneath the deep,
Through lonely hours their vigil keep.
May peace their mission ever be,
Protect each one we ask of Thee.
Bless those at home who wait and pray,
For their return by night and day.

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