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Navy, veterans celebrate anniversary of submarine capture

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 2:27 p.m. CDT
(J.B. Spector)
A larger view of the room during the 70th Anniversary of the capture of the U-505 German submarine.

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago honored the 70th anniversary of the capture of the U-505 German submarine with a private ceremony that included members of the Task Group 22.3, who seized the boat.

The U.S. Navy captured the U-505 off the coast of West Africa on June 4, 1944, and used the vessel in helping to understand German technology and codes.

“As we pay tribute to the 70th anniversary of the capture of the U-505 submarine, I’d like to honor those who risked much to capture this warship, save allied lives in World War II, and deliver this piece of time to her home here for us to know where we’ve been, so that we may know where to go,” said CMDCM Michael Renbarger, Naval Station Great Lakes Command Master Chief, speaker at the anniversary event.

The 252-foot U-505 is the only boat of its kind in the United States and is a National Historic Landmark, visited by more than 30 million people in its 60-year history at the Museum.

“We all know the U-505 is an amazing artifact, a National Historic Landmark, and a Memorial to those who gave their lives on the high seas,” said Renbarger. “Beyond the historical significance, I want to emphasize that this submarine has great value and relevance to today’s United States Navy. As the United States Navy continues to patrol the seas and support missions throughout the world, we will do so in a way that respects and honors our ancestors before us. The Navy is resilient and determined. We are committed to learning from past event so we are better prepared to respond in the future.”

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