Honor & Respect:  the Lost 52 Project

By | August 1, 2020

[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!

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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18 thoughts on “Honor & Respect:  the Lost 52 Project

  1. Willie Shrumburger

    Just a note to all readers, you can also find a lot of video about these discoveries on YouTube and other video services. Just search under the Lost 52 Project and they will pop up for you to just click. Some are better than others but all give a better understanding of what these people are doing to honor our war dead.

    1. Shawn C. Stolarz

      Yes Willie and I hope they continue. Like any organization doing this kind of work, money is the most difficult part. They must pay for fuel, upkeep in maintenance, looking into new technologies, etc. This costs money and they need more. I recommend them. Legit org!

  2. Valkerie

    The project is taking the large data sets collected on their discoveries and having them processed into amazing 3D archaeological photogrammetry models. Cool technology stuff. I like it. I too made a contribution to their non-profit.

  3. Janna Faulkner

    Each discovery of a sunken craft is an opportunity to remember and honor the service of our Sailors. Knowing their final resting place brings closure, in some part, to their families and shipmates as well as enables our team to better understand the circumstances in which the boat was lost,

    1. Fred Weber

      We’re grateful for the respectful, non-intrusive work Tim Taylor’s team performs and the opportunity they provide to remember and honor our history.

    1. Xerxes I

      … and I found other articles too. “After almost 75 years, utilizing advanced imaging technology, Ocean Explorer Tim Taylor and his “Lost 52 Expedition Team” officially discovered the final resting place for the 49 Sailors of the U.S. submarine S-28 (SS-133) off Oahu, Hawaii. The U.S. Navy recently validated the identity of the wreck, which Taylor located in 2017.”

    2. Eric Coda

      Thank you Xerxes for helping us with some links to articles about the Lost 52 Project. HONOR and RESPECT !!!!!!

  4. Tom Bushmaster

    Excellent article on an excellent organization. They are contributing to the good our nation and our fallen service men in the submariner force. It is always wonderful to see such activity going on (good news is always a positive thing for me) in the face of the crazy rioting, looting, and burning going on in our major cities (because someone’s feelings got hurt).

    1. Gil Johnson

      I get it Tom but I don’t think the rioting, etc is because their feelings got hurt. There are many with legit grievances. However, there is simply NO EXCUSE for the way these so-called peaceful protesters are acting. Their message is being drowned out by the anarchists.

  5. KenFBrown

    I agree with Gen. Satterfield ….. honor and respect. They honor & respect our war dead. Nuff said.

  6. Greg Heyman

    I had not heard of them before. Must be a patriotic, great org to be involved in such an honorable mission.

    1. Mikka Solarno

      Yes, I too never heard of them but glad the word is getting out. I donated $20 bucks. Every little bit helps.

    2. Jerome Smith

      I do believe it is. What they are doing is “Good”…. as opposed to what I will call “evil.” Gen. Satterfield has often written about evil and how insidious it is and that we, as a society, do not encourage or train others how to recognize it and deal with it. Leaders do just that and more to ensure those that come after us are fully aware of evil and the damage it does to us all.


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