Flagpole dedicated to memory of Thresher victims

Sunday April 7, 2013

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- The town that's home to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is dedicating a flagpole in memory of the crew of the USS Thresher a day after an emotional memorial service.

The town of Kittery has installed a flagpole that towers to a height of 129 feet. That's one foot for each of the 129 men who lost their lives.

The flagpole dedication and memorial service mark the 50th anniversary of the sinking 220 miles off Cape Cod.

The loss of Thresher, built at the shipyard and based in Connecticut, remains the worst submarine disaster in U.S. history. The 278-foot-long submarine sank in 850 feet of water, where it remains.


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