Veterans gather to honor submarine vet, U-E grad

By Lorne Fultonberg

Veterans gather to honor submarine vet, U-E grad

April 13, 2013 Updated Apr 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM EDT

Endicott (WBNG Binghamton) Union-Endicott High School graduate Gregory Fusco died in the deadliest U.S. Navy submarine accident in history. That was 1963.

Now, 50 years later, veterans, friends and family are paying tribute to Fusco, just as they've done every year since the accident.

"They're things you never forget," said Submarine Veterans Base Commander Henri Carrere. "You don't dwell on them, but you never forget them. They're always in the back of your mind."

Fusco served on the USS Thresher, a submarine that never reemerged during a deep-sea diving exercise April 11, 1963. All 129 people on board died.

Saturday's ceremony at the American Legion Post 82 paid homage not only to Fusco, but to submarine veterans everywhere.

A siren rang at 9:18 a.m., the same time the Thresher submerged and a bell rang for each submarine that has been lost with loss of life.

After music and prayer, the veterans proceeded to the school's football field and laid a wreath on a memorial dedicated to Fusco.

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