Navy to fulfill veteran’s wish to be buried at sea

Entrance to Submarine Base New London in Groton. (WTNH/Tina Detelj, FILE)
Entrance to Submarine Base New London in Groton. (WTNH/Tina Detelj, FILE)

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy will fulfill the wish of a veteran to be buried more than 200 miles off the New England coast where a submarine sank five decades ago.

The Day newspaper reports that a submarine from the Naval Submarine Base in Groton will transport the cremated remains of Navy Capt. Paul “Bud” Rogers to the area where the USS Thresher sank in 1963. Navy officials declined to release the burial date.

Rogers, from Wernersville, Pennsylvania, died last year at the age of 86. He was supposed to be on the Thresher on the day it sank, but was replaced at the last minute by someone with more experience.

All 129 men aboard the sub died. Navy officials have blamed a leak in the sub’s engine room.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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