USS Thresher recalled in ceremony on bridge


LEWISTON – Members of area veterans organizations and the public gathered recently for memorial services for the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the nuclear submarine, the USS Thresher SSN 593. The submarine sank off the coast of Massachusetts while it was on sea trials between April 8 and 10, 1963, with a loss of all hands.

The group gathered at Yvon’s Car Wash parking lot at the entrance of the Lewiston side of the James B. Longley Bridge where Jerry DerBoghosian told of his experiences during the time the Thresher was being built.

He was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H., and worked on the Thresher during its building.

The group marched to the center of the bridge on the down river side, where the invocation was given by Douglas Taylor. The wreath was thrown into the Androscoggin River by DerBoghosian, “in memory of all hands lost at sea.” The service concluded with the singing of “God Bless America.”