17th Annual Lost Boats of Mare Island Memorial

17th Annual Lost Boats of Mare Island Memorial

Sunday, November 12, 2023, 1:30-3:00pm an afternoon memorial service will be held on Mare Island to honor the 575 crewmen of seven Mare Island built submarines lost during WWII. The dockside service of music and history twill be held alongside the last WWII landing craft support gunboat the LCS 102 at Berth 6 at 289 Waterfront Ave. on Mare Island. Take Nimitz Ave and turn East toward the water on A. St. to reach the dock.

Larry Maggini, a submarine combat systems engineer at Mare Island Naval Shipyard until the base closure in 1996, will give a presentation featuring the seven vessels built, launched and overhauled and repaired at Mare Island Naval Shipyard during WWII. Maggini has researched and compiled two books about Mare Island’s lost submarines. His first book entitled: “USS Wahoo (SS 238) in Memoriam”, was written for the first Mare Island service held 17 years ago in October of 2007 when USS Wahoo memorial services were held simultaneously at Pearl Harbor and at Mare Island after the final resting place of the vessel and her crew was located. Mr. Maggini has also written a book featuring details about all 7 submarines built at Mare Island and lost at sea during WWII, entitled, “On Eternal Patrol—The Lost Boats of Mare Island”. The books will be available for sale in print.

The Lost Boats Memorial service planned at Mare Island is free of charge. It is a rain or shine event. The dockside service will be under a tent. If planning to attend, dress for all possible weather including warm midday sun, cool skies and even rain or fog and bring an umbrella.

Organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of the WWII Landing Craft Support Gunboat LCS-102 for use of Berth 6 for the memorial and wreath-laying service. The WWII boat will be open for limited access tours before and after the dockside memorial service.

Jaime Esparaza filmed the 2020 Lost Boats of Mare Island Memorial and posted it on YouTube. https://youtu.be/GYkr6kkvBR8

Contact: Myrna Hayes, Co-founder and Event Coordinator/Co-Host with Larry Maggini
The Lost Boats of Mare Island Memorial
Mare Island Heritage Trust
707-656-7852 cell


Date(s) - Sun, Nov 12, 2023
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm


USS LCS-02 Landing Craft Support Museum
289 Waterfront Ave, Vallejo


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