USS GRUNIONíS 64 YEAR MYSTERY

By Ralph Ranalli, Boston Globe Staff, August 17, 2006
Forwarded by YNCS Don Harribine, USN (Ret.)

There was no distress call, no indication of enemy depth charges exploding, or bulkheads breached - just a dead silence that stretched from a few days into more than 60 years.

The USS Grunion (SS 216) disappeared in July 1942, leaving 70 American families grieving and the three sons of skipper Mannert L. “Jim” Abele, without a father. Abele's boys — ages 5, 9, and 12 and living in Newton when their father disappeared — grew up and built their own lives.

But, they dwelt on the fate of their father. At 2 a.m. yesterday, a grainy sonar picture e-mailed via satellite appeared in Bruce Abele's inbox, appearing to finally show what they had been searching for much of their adult lives: the outline of an oblong object believed to be the Grunion deep in frigid Alaskan waters.

If the discovery is confirmed, it would signify a triumph of luck and perseverance and put to rest a quest for clues, financed by the personal fortune of one of the Abele sons, that has spanned decades.

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