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|USS TRITON SS(R)N-586, skippered by Captain Beach made the world's first undersea circumnavigation, following for two months submerged the wake of Magellan's ship, the Victoria, at an average speed of 18 knots for 41,519 miles.|
Photo below from the 1960 TRITON around-the-world-submerged voyage
24 February 1960
USS TRITON SS(R)N-586 crossed the equator
for the first time
and by so doing, entered the Domain of Neptunus Rex.
|Image above and text excerpt shown
here is copied from the USS
The Crossing the Line Ceremony is a British tradition that goes back some 200 years. The basic premise of this tradition is that the instant a ship crosses the equator, all become equal save one class of seaman - the Shellbacks!
The Captain pleaded for mercy for the lowly pollywogs (a standard request) and King Neptune gave him the standard response, "NONSENSE." All wogs were brought before the Bar of Watery Justice and all were, of course, found guilty and subsequently initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep.
CO of USS TRIGGER II (SS 564), 1952
Go here for more photos copied from his sons' website
A few external Links
Interview with CAPT Edward L. Beach From August 1999, ALL HANDS magazine
Captain Edward L. Beach biography via FleetSubmarine.com
Naval Institute Foundation: The Beaches
Navy League of the United States - The U.S. Navy's Remarkable Transformation
Navy League of the United States - Pen and the Sword
Naval Institute Foundation: Beach Hall
A TRIBUTE to CAPTAIN BEACH From SubmarineSailor.com
and an island nation's affection for them both
|I doubt that most who were born after
WWII can fully grasp the enormous size of American forces, both men and
machinery, spread around the world during the war. Nor the indelible, global,
physical and cultural footprint left behind by the American Armed Forces.
The 15 December (1944) anniversary of the loss of Glenn Miller, the famous USAAF band leader, presents an opportunity to consider the impact of our forces upon England during that time.
I recently found an excellent commentary
from a Brit that provides a clear and succinct summary of Yanks in wartime
England. I have combined the essay with some selected images along
with an offical historical summary from the Arlington National Cemetery.
Credits for all images and copied text sources are shown throughout.
|Copied from TWINWOOD
On August 27th, 1944, the recently promoted Major Alton Glenn Miller led his world-famous orchestra in concert at RAF Twinwood as a thank-you gesture towards the officers and men of the airfield. Just a few months later, on a foggy December day, Glenn Miller waited in the Control Tower, before he boarded a Norseman aircraft and was never seen again.
In June 2002, Twinwood Events Ltd completed refurbishment and restoration work on Twinwood Airfield Control Tower and it is now open to the public to explore and experience.
Plaque at Twinwood
The control tower as it looked
after years of neglect.
Completed and painted
in wartime camouflage colors.
U.S. Air Force Band remembers Glenn Miller's Orchestra
Glenn Miller - U.S. Air Force Museum
Music in the Miller Mood An excellent reference site
Fort Morgan Colorado Museum - Glenn Miller