a tale, of Submarine Lore.
begin with a brave boat, the old S-Forty Four.
she thought was a maru, in the dark of the night.
into a destroyer, who gave her a fight.
S-Boat was courageous, she had come a long way.
sailors' battle surfaced, and jumped into the fray.
ten to one, she did all she could do.
God in heaven took in, that gallant submarine crew.
Squalus and Sailfish, were one in the same.
Sculpin was there, in the tragedies, triumphs and fame.
named Bush, was saved by the Finback.
were tested, by "Red" Coe and the Skipjack
Torsk and her crew, made a formidable pair.
sank the last two, and did her fair share.
day she sits quietly, in memory of war.
her a visit, if you're ever in Baltimore.
Halibut thanked Portsmouth, for a boat strongly built.
recalls "shots down the throat" and "shots up the
patrols could be stressful, but every now and then.
clever submariners, had some "depth charge medicine."
saved thirty-one, so they could fly another day.
September of 45, she was moored in Tokyo Bay.
credited with firing, the last shots of the war.
went on to serve, for almost 30 years more.
like Gilmore, Cromwell, Dealey and Street.
place of great honor, within the submarine fleet.
Seawolf, the Bowfin, the Robalo had heart.
tenders and relief crews, all did their part.
were other fearless boats, like the Ray and the Rasher.
Bluefish, the Batfish, the Flier and Flasher.
heard the bell toll, for the Shark and the Amberjack.
Grenadier, Growler, Grampus and Grayback.
almost 4 years of war, 52 boats met their fate.
last being Bullhead, transiting Lombok Strait.
World War II, the "Silent Service" paid a dear cost.
saddest words heard, were "overdue and presumed lost."
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