The Portsmouth City Council has approved both a $1,000 donation to the Thresher Memorial Project in Kittery and a resolution encouraging Portsmouth businesses, organizations and private citizens to support the fund-raising drive to complete it by April 10, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the worst submarine disaster in U.S. history.
The memorial, which will be built at the US Route 1 Traffic Circle in Kittery, will honor the 129 men - 16 officers, 96 enlisted men and 17 civilian technicians – aboard the USS Thresher (SSN 593) when it was lost April 10, 1963, during a post-overhaul test dive off Cape Cod.
Two of the men aboard the Thresher, Peter Joseph DiBella and Donald Emery Nault, were born in Portsmouth. Others lived in the city while serving aboard the submarine, which was built and home-ported at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and many of their surviving family members live in the Seacoast area.
Information on the memorial and the fund-raising drive can be found at http://threshermemorialkittery.sharepoint.com.