December 1980 I arrived in submarine school. Though I probably knew more than anyone my age, at that time, about the loss of the U.S.S. Thresher; I did not know very much about the loss of the U.S.S. Scorpion. That changed in December 1980, the United States submarine community and the veterans of the former Soviet submarine force have very definite opinions about the loss of the U.S.S. Scorpion.
But, opinions are not evidence. The evidence lays on the bottom of the ocean. The attached article is about a group that wants to return to the Scorpion and survey the wreck site looking for the evidence of what happened to the Scorpion.
I believe the evidence they seek already exists. The evidence is in Washington D.C., in the possession of the U.S. Navy. The navy has released a handful of photographs from the Scorpion wreck site and states these are all the photographs in its possession. The navy has released no motion picture footage of the wreck site. The claim they have released all still photographs is unbelievable considering the hundreds of hours spent by several ships at the wreck since 1968. Each of the expeditions reports taking many still photographs and motion picture footage. So where are the photographs, where is the motion picture film footage.
I believe the photographic evidence already exists, to explain what happened to the Scorpion. I also believe it will take a fight with the navy to get that evidence. For this reason I will wait until I am writing full time to do my investigation into the loss of the U.S.S. Scorpion. I wish the best of luck to those wanting to mount a new search of the wreck site. I hope they are able to bring back the evidence to tell the families what happened to their loved ones. However, if they cannot bring back the evidence needed, I will one day in the near future launch my own investigation.
I would like to close by saying to the families and friends of the crew of the U.S.S. Scorpion; Your loved ones are not forgotten, they are our shipmates, we honor their sacrifice and yours, We will never forget.
Joe C Combs 2nd US Navy Submarine Veteran 1980-1988
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- Experts out to solve deep-sea mystery of the USS Scorpion – USATODAY.com (xbradtc.wordpress.com)
- The World’s Greatest Wreck (thedailybeast.com)
- As ice cap melts, militaries vie for Arctic edge (sacbee.com)
- Navy reassigns 3 submariners in fraud probe (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Thresher, Scorpion, and Titanic (tugster.wordpress.com)