After blogging about the history of submarines for National Submarine Day, I happened to pick up a 2008 issue of Reader’s Digest (January) in the Friends of the Library sale room at my local library. After reading the article “Mystery at Sea”, I felt compelled to research the USS Grunion.
In 1942, Jim Abele had dinner with his wife and 3 sons in Groton CT. They went home, and he sailed away on the USS Grunion, which he commanded, without so much as a goodbye because the operation was deemed “top secret”. He and 69 other crew members never returned. Sixty years later those three young boys—old now—set out to find their father and bring closure to the families of the others. Despite impossible odds, on August 16, 2006, ten miles northeast of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands, the brothers found their father’s final resting place.