Veterans’ groups to honor those lost at sea

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LEWISTON — The U.S.S. Canberra Association, in conjunction with area veterans’ organizations, will conduct special services at noon Saturday, April 10, on the down-river side of the James B. Longley Memorial Bridge for “all hands lost at sea” and to mark the 47th anniversary of the sinking of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Thresher SSN593.

The service is open to all, and those attending are asked to gather at 11:30 a.m. at the rear parking lot of Yvon’s Car Wash, located on the Lewiston side of the bridge.

Thomas C. Dow, U.S. Navy (ret.), who was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Recovery ARS43, which took part in the search of Thresher survivors, will give a talk on his experiences. The Thresher sank on April 10, 1963, during shake-down operations 220 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, with the loss of all 129 crew members, officers and civilians aboard.

Jerry DerBoghosian, who was employed as a sheet metal worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H., and worked on the Thresher, will talk about his experiences in the building process and his relationship with the crew.

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The group will then march to the center of the bridge, where Douglas Taylor will deliver the invocation. A wreath will be thrown into the Androscoggin River, the traditional memorial for all hands lost at sea. Taps will be played by Bert Mathieu, American Legion Post 22. The service will conclude with the singing of “God Bless America.” The service will be held rain or shine.

For more information, contact Jerry DerBoghosian at 782-5700 or 353-7435.

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