THRESHER's legacy extends into outer space. After the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board described SUBSAFE as "successful safety programs and practices that could be models for NASA." Following this recommendation, a number of exchanges and conferences have been held between SUBSAFE naval personnel and NASA.
Section 46 in Arlington National Cemetery hosts the memorials to the crews lost aboard the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia. This is an active burial area, off limits to commemorative monuments.
We respectfully request that the relatively small USS Thresher National Commemorative Monument be placed in a non-burial site along a walkway near this location similar to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots & Crews Monument that will be dedicated in April 2018.
Photo by James Hassett
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