Monday, September 12, 2011

USS Barbel, SS316, Submarine Memorial, Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery, Natrona County, Wyoming

This is a memorial to the USS Barbel, a lost submarine from World War Two. The memorial is located at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery south of Evansville, Wyoming.

The memorial is a surprising one for a Wyoming memorial, and I don't know what, if any, connection this submarine had with the state.

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  1. I found your post while looking for photos of USS Barbel's memorial. Thank you for posting it.

    You asked the question, what, if any, connection does USS Barbel have to the state of Wyoming. The answer is, "perhaps nothing."

    In the mid-1950's the United States Submarine Veterans of WWII decided to assign one of the 52 lost boats to each U.S. State to build a memorial for that boat and her crew. (N.Y. and CA got two each since they were the most populous state.) Beyond that, how and why each state "drew" the submarine they are responsible for is not known to me, but USS Barbel was assigned to the state of Wyoming.

    Which at least partially answers your question of "Why is this here?"

    Thank you for posting these photos and this memorial to Barbel's men, lost 67 years ago today (2.4.1945)

    R.J. Hughes
    Author, Surviving the Flier

  2. Thank you for commenting on the memorial and for providing details about this lost boat. I noted your blog provided added details, which was very interesting to read.

  3. I am very interested in USA submsrines lost in the WWII. Thank you for your gallery!

  4. I work with the brother of of one of these brave men, he recently honored me with allowing me to read his family's correspondence with him and then the USN after the USS BARBEL went missing, amazing to tie all this history together.

  5. If you could share any of the details on what you learned from that correspondence, we'd love to read it.

  6. Genealogy Profile Link: RM3 Bernard Elton Duesler crew member of: USS Barbel (SS-316)

  7. USS Barbel (SS-316) Crew Member Genealogy Profiles: RM3 Bernard Elton Duesler . MoMM3 Darrell Kentral Carnahan .

  8. Thanks for the added information on a crewman of the USS Barbel, and my apologies for the delay in approving the post for publication.

  9. As a US Navy Submariner, this lifts my spirits to see past brothers of the phin memorialized. I toll 54 bells every year in April during the birthday of the US subforce and to remember those still on eternal patrol.