Thresher Base

United States Submarine Veterans


55th Annual USS Thresher Memorial Service


Part I: Speakers & Tolling of the Bells


• Greeting: Gary Hildreth, Master of Ceremonies, Former Commander, USSVI Thresher Base

• Presentation of Colors: Naval Branch Health Clinic Color Guard, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

• Pledge of Allegiance: All Hands

• National Anthem:  All Hands, Led By Lori Arsenault & Debra Henderson, Daughters of  ENC(SS) Tilmon J. Arsenault

• Invocation: LT Travis M. Armes, CHC, USN, Naval Submarine School

• Introductory Remarks: Captain David S. Hunt, USN, Commander, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

• Remarks:  Victoria Sallade, Granddaughter of FT1(SS) Charles L. Wiggins, USS Thresher

• USS Thresher Family Member Speakers: Family members of LCDR Michael John DiNola, USS Thresher

• Keynote Speaker: Vice Admiral Joseph E. Tofalo, USN, Commander, Submarine Forces

• Navy Hymn: Lori Arsenault & Debra Henderson, Daughters of ENC(SS) Tilmon Joseph Arsenault, USS Thresher

• Tolling of the Bells

Reader #1: Jerry Schock, USSVI Thresher Base Eagle Scout Coordinator

Reader #2: Bill Forbes, USS Thresher Former Crew Member

Reader #3: Martin Curtis, USSVI Thresher Base

Reader #4: Barbara Bartomeli, Cousin of LTJG Frank John Malinski, USS Thresher

Bell Toller: Robert Flannery, USSVI Thresher Base Chief of the Boat

Bagpiper: Patrick Boyle, Piper

• Closing Remarks: Gary Hildreth, Master of Ceremonies, Former USSVI Thresher Base Commander

• Benediction: LT Travis M. Armes, CHC, USN, Naval Submarine School

Part II: Wreath Laying Ceremony (at the water's edge)


• Prayer: LT Ian Underhile, CHC, USN, Chaplain

• Gun Salute: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Honor Guard

• Laying of the Wreaths: USS Thresher Former Crew Members

• Amazing Grace: Patrick Boyle, Piper

• Taps: George Stevens, Trumpeter, USSVI Thresher Base

• Navy Hymn: Patrick Boyle, Piper


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