WWII Sub Vets Memorial @ Chicago

$11,615 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 49 months
Crash Dive Base, USSVI.  (United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.)   together with USS Chicago Base, USSVI, has undertaken a project to build a memorial for submarine veterans.  It will be placed in the city of Chicago, along the Chicago River, near the Lake Shore Drive Bridge.   Our creed states that we are to  "Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. "  We are a 501 C-3 charitable organization.  Any and all donations are gratefully accepted, and all donations are tax deductable as allowed by law.

Several years ago, we took a challenge from a World War Two  combat submarine veteran, to not forget Pearl Harbor and Pearl Harbor Day.  Because of that challenge, we discovered it has been largely forgotten that during WWII, 28 submarines had been built in Manitowoc Wisconsin and did their "sea trials" on Lake Michigan.   After acceptance by the Navy, they entered the Chicago River under the Lake Shore Drive Bridge, near downtown Chicago, transiting to Lockport Illinois,  where they were then loaded onto a special floating dry dock, and transported to New Orleans, Louisiana, before going off to the war in the pacific.  Four of those twenty-eight 'boats' were lost in combat with all hands.

Our memorial will help the public  become aware of this bit of almost forgotten  history, and to honor those men that made up the crews of those submarines, while remembering Pearl Harbor and WWII.  We also dedicate this memorial to all United States Navy submariners, past, present and future.

Thank you for your consideration.
For more information, please go to our website at: www.crashdivebase.com  and click on the Chicago Memorial tab.

Frank J. Voznak Jr.
Project Manager, Crash Dive Base, USSVI
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Don Schlegel
48 months ago

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$11,615 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 49 months
Created November 1, 2014
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Carl Christensen
15 months ago
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I hope you can meet your goal. I had no idea submarines were built in Wisconsin until I listened to an interview on WGN radio yesterday afternoon. Good luck!

JM
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James Morstadt
16 months ago

Hi Frank, Hope all is well. In case, you might have forgotten me, you and I emailed each other last summer-- as I was working on an Amazon eBook called "The Battle of Lake Michigan." I thought I had read somewhere your organization and others were nearing your goal for the WWII Sub Memorial on the Chicago River. I also have read there are plans in the works for a "down-sized version of the WWII Lake Michigan Aircraft Carrier, the USS Wolverine, which would be tied up to Navy Pier on the Northwest side of the Pier. All good causes to remember--"Lest We Forget." PS: I finished my novel back in January. Good Luck!

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Anonymous
20 months ago
$5,000
amy Zacher
22 months ago

we are making a $5000 donation that will be matched by my wifes company Baxalta/Shire You will receive confirmation of donation paperwork in the next 60 days

JM
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James E Morstadt
22 months ago

Love to talk to you sometime, I've been working on an eBook which is both fictional and non fictional. It centers on the Manitowoc Submarines. I've worked with Mr. Johnson and staff, a bit. Even sending some chapters to make sure they were ok. I was there in August 2015. I spend about half my time in Bloomington and half in Chicago. My wife and I own a home in Bloomington, and we have an apartment in Cityfront - just east of the Sheridan Hotel. I also have roots in Waukegan, where several WWII aircraft were hauled to my Uncle's boatyard from the depths of Lake Michigan. I have incorporated the Freshwater Flattops the USS Sable and Wolverine into my novel, along with photos --including yours. (Which I give your organization of the USSVI and the local Crash Dive Chapter a plug. I have self published two other books (Entirely different) through Amazon. If you have any problem with a plug for your organization, please let me know and I will take it out.I have used the beautiful photo and header of the sub passing under Lakeshore Bridge.

HS
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Heather Swiech
23 months ago

In Honor of Papa Bill, Dad, Bill Hoffman. USSVI USS Chicago Base Veteran VFW Post 2791

DP
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David Pirie
35 months ago

I attribute the many times I viewed the U505 at the Science and Industry Museum to my going into subs. SSBN 635 G Sam Rayburn and SS490 Volador. Good times.

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Amy Zacher
35 months ago

As a member of the 41 for Freedom Fleet aboard the USS Sam Rayburn 635G I feel that this memorial honors the entire Submarine community.

Don Schlegel
48 months ago

Tax Deductible

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