EVENT: Fatal Dive – A WWII mystery solved

The Ethan Allen Institute and Champlain College
are hosting a presentation by John Abele,
co-founder of Boston Scientific
about the quest to discover the final resting place
of the WWII submarine, USS Grunion, its crew,
and his father, Lt. Commander “Jim” Abele.



Thursday, September 5, 6:00 pm social hour, 6:30-7:30 presentation.
Champlain College, Perry Hall, 2nd Floor,
at the intersection of Maple Street & South Willard, Burlington
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Fatal Dive Abele

Fatal Dive/John Abele 

From Fatal Dive: “On July 31, 1942, the Naval submarine USS Grunion, along with her seventy-man crew, vanished without a trace in the icy waters off Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. For decades, the U.S. Navy was unable to reveal further information about the sub’s fate—it had simply vanished. But Commander Jim Abele’s family never gave up their quest to discover the truth. They repeatedly applied to the Navy, corresponded with the families of crew members, consulted with Japanese sources, and finally undertook the quixotic task of locating the Grunion herself. More than six decades after the submarine’s loss, Jim Abele’s three sons astonished the experts by locating the lost submarine 3,000 feet below the surface of one of the world’s most dangerous bodies of water. But the question remained: What sank the Grunion?”

John Abele has been gracious enough to share this fascinating story about the bonds of family, maddening military bureaucracy, technological wizardry, and simple determination. The Abele brothers worked together with much help from around the world to solve this mystery. We are delighted to be able to give EAI members the opportunity hear the tale first hand. Hope to see you on Thursday, September 5, 6:00 pm in the Perry Hall presentation room of Champlain College! 

Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can provide an accurate head count. RSVP to [email protected]. Thank you!

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