Search for the USS Grunion

The USS Grunion disappeared in 1942 without a trace. More than 60 years later, the sons of the ship's commander set out to search for the vessel ... and found it!

The USS Grunion disappeared in 1942 without a trace. More than 60 years later, the sons of the ship's commander set out to search for the vessel ... and found it!

June 21, 2016| Category: Museum News

July 22, 7PM

at the St. Johnsbury School

John Abele: Search for the USS Grunion

On April 11, 1942 the USS Grunion, a Gato-class submarine, was commissioned into service for the US Navy. By July 30 of that year, the Grunion would make its final communiqué and disappear without a trace. Among the missing was the ship’s commander, Lt. Cmdr. Mannert L Abele.

More than 60 years later his three sons, Bruce, John and Brad, discovered the wreck of the USS Grunion almost a mile below the surface, near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Join John Abele as he recounts the historical and technological journey of his family’s search for and eventual discovery of the USS Grunion.

The William Eddy Lecture Series was established in 2010 by Bill and Pam Eddy to challenge our habits of thinking by hosting nationally-known speakers. This program is free and open to everyone.

Tags: Fairbanks Musem, John Abele, St. Johnsbury, USS Grunion, William Eddy Lecture