[August 1, 2020] Occasionally, in the pages of www.theleadermaker.com, I highlight an organization that is making a difference. Today, I’m introducing the Lost 52 Project. They are about providing the “fullest possible documentation and accounting” of the locations of 52 U.S. submarines lost during World War II. Few words describe what they do, but I like honor and respect.
“A total of 52 U.S. Submarines were lost in WWII with 374 officers and 3,131 men of the Submarine Force who gave their lives. Currently, there have been seven of these “Lost 52” that have been found. Our team has discovered five of those submarines, and we are engaging with several organizations who have also made discoveries.” – from the Mission statement of the Lost 52 Project1
The USS S-28 (SS-133) is an example of the work done by the crews of the Lost 52 Project. The USS S-28 is considered the most important lost ship in the central Pacific Ocean. It sank on July 4, 1944, and was discovered, explored, and surveyed in 8,700 feet of water off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. She holds an entombed crew of 49 U.S. sailors.
Lost 52 Project also has a newsletter devoted to its work efforts. Their non-profit Ocean Outreach is helping keep supporters informed and updated on their works. In each issue, they will include news, images, and video links along with a short article giving some background on discoveries. I recommend you sign up. They desire to continue telling the stories of the sailors of the lost 52 to the public through several educational programs and outreach.
Organizations like this require excellent leadership, resources, and a focused mission. These are all traits of the men and women of Project 52. Thank you for what you do!