It is 50 years. The Thresher was what made my submarine and all of the rest of them that followed safer. The Thresher didn’t perish in vain.
USS Thresher sank in Atlantic in 1963
Bob Miller – USS Thresher Veteran
Fifty years ago next month, the U.S. Navy suffered one of the worst disasters in submarine history when the USS Thresher sank, killing all aboard. A North County man still feels the impact of that disaster on that day in April 50 years ago.
“It was one of a kind,” said Bob Miller of Vista. Miller was among a handful of sailors who was actually aboard the USS Thresher during its launch on July 9, 1960.
Three years later, the nuclear-powered submarine sank in the Atlantic, killing the 129 people aboard.
The USS Thresher was designed to go faster and deeper than anything that came before it.
Miller had been to sea on the submarine at least 40 different times but in 1963, the electronics technician made a decision to advance his career and go to school…
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