Elegy for WWII American Submariners on Eternal Patrol
by Pete Gunn
"…by their work and courage, handed down to us a free country. So they gave their bodies to the commonwealth and received, each for his own memory, praise that will never die and with it the grandest of all sepulchers, not that in which their mortal bones are laid, but a home in the minds of men where their glory remains fresh to stir to speech or action as the occasion may require. " Pericles-Funeral oration over the Athenian dead in the Peloponnesian War (430 BC)
The solemn bell tolls the knell of lost boats,
No orders come from the conning towers;
Ours is the voice that honors the boats by name
No spark of love fires will again burn,
The lives they missed; the sweethearts not wed,
What submarines were lost? Ask us-we know
Shark I, the S-27, Sealion,
The Wall of Honor stands tall and proud
Though embattled, it was not at this Wall they stood.
Reported lost at sea that's all we can tell.
On eternal patrol, they're together all alone.
We stand at the WWII Memorial with pride
So we toll the bell for you who lie in state
-- "Pete" Gunn-Jan 2004 USSVI-Groton Base