USS Scorpion Lost


Your Business Blogger has an article up at National Review Online. About the loss of the sub USS Scorpion.

I went to school with a girl whose dad is on eternal patrol.

Yolanda Mazzuchi was about the prettiest girl in our school class. Our dads were in the Navy, often gone for months at a time. And they would be welcomed home at dockside with cheers and homemade signs. These gatherings at the D&S Piers at the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, were a regular part of our lives growing up….

At 1 in the afternoon on Monday, May 27, 1968, at the height of the Cold War the USS Scorpion was due in port.

Yolanda didn’t know it then, but her dad was already dead….

The loss still hurts four decades later. Read the rest.


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3 Responses

  1. Curt says:

    Thanks, Jack, for reminding us of that day in history.

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  3. Jack Yoest says:

    My name is Stephen Johnson and I’m the author of Silent Steel: The Mysterious Death of the Nuclear Attack Sub USS Scorpion released by Wiley & Sons this January.

    I was notified by members of the very lively Scorpion discussion group on Yahoo of your piece in NRO and was gratified to see the public being reminded of this profound and unanswered tragedy.

    If you have not done so already, let me invite you to read Silent Steel which is the first and only effort to fully understand the issues surrounding the Scorpion’s unexplained loss 22May68 at 1822Z. This is a genuine, nonfiction historical narrative and not a heap of conspiracy theories masquerading as research.

    A visit to will provide an overview of what is being said about Silent Steel, particularly by those who served aboard the boat. The work has been described as the “most unique book of its genre” by one of the original Scorpion investigative scientists and it is far from the standard sort of book written about the derring-do of submariners. This book lifts the hood on the nuts and bolts of the circumstances in the submarine force of the 1960s and reveals facts long ignored by those who prefer false conspiracies over truth.

    It’s obvious you are familiar with the Mazzuchi family. Frank’s sister D. was very generous with her memories which allowed me to insert some wonderful information about Frank Mazzuchi in the book. His youthful enlistment in the Navy is a wonderful episode of family lore and is indicative of the spirit of those who “rode the boats.”

    With best regards,

    Stephen Johnson

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