Status Report March 18th

Posted on Tuesday 18 March 2008


Museum of Science Presentation May 1st

There have been a number of inquires about the Search for the Grunion presentation that will take place at the Museum of Science on May 1st.

The auditorium holds a little less than 300 people and our experience to date has been that these presentations have been filled to capacity. To prevent disappointments we are asking those who are interested to ask for an invitation (or invitations) by emailing Linda Eckhard ( RSVP will be required.

A RSVP’d invitation will be necessary to get an admission pass at the MOS.

Hypothesis Report from 2/27 Meeting

In late February three individuals (Christley, Galler & Thompson) who have been very involved in the analysis got together in New London for to see if they could arrive at agreement on some hypothesis that may contribute to the understanding of the loss of the Grunion. They have produced a report “Hypothesis Report” which is worth studying very carefully. You can find it at in the Grunion folder.

4 Comments for 'Status Report March 18th'

    April 7, 2008 | 8:59 pm

    One of my submarine veterans of WWII friends just alerted me to the Undersea Enterprise Daily’s reprint of a newspaper article from an Indiana newspaper about the little sister of Charles Kime, a 25 year old crewman of the Grunion. It told about Ms. Kime getting a phone call (from the sub-ladies?) about Grunion’s discovery. And then her and her family receiving the vial of water from the site. It gave me chills! What an amazing effort you guys have made.

    Mary Parziale Bentz
    April 11, 2008 | 4:58 pm

    Recently the Wabash Plain Dealer wrote an article on Charles Roy Hutchinson, and also paid tribute to Daniel Emery Allen. From the first call to Wabash Plain Dealer editor, Joe Slacian, and in conversations soon thereafter with reporters, Sheila Rhoades and Bob Bryan, I just knew this would be an excellent, well thought through article written with care and love. In my experience with newspapers across the country, 99% do an outstanding job of good, solid journalism. I always make a point on behalf of the entire Grunion family to thank each of the reporters and their editors for caring so deeply. This week, Wabash Plain Dealer did something unique. They separated the story into a series of three articles and ran one each day.
    “Brothers Beat the Odds, Find Wreckage of Father’s Submarine 65 Years After Disappearance”
    “Sub Lady’ Working Hard To Make Sure Story Is Told”
    “Chance Telephone Call Rekindles Old Memories”
    I would like to share Bob Bryan’s reply to our thanks – he writes:
    Dear Ms. Bentz, It’s time a few thank yous went your direction. From the moment we at the Plain Dealer were assigned the stories and began reading about the entire project, we were certain about one thing: If we didn’t put a fraction of the love into writing the Grunion story that you guys put into resurrecting it, it would be forever shame-on-us. All the best, Bob Bryan

    April 13, 2008 | 7:44 pm

    I have so many questions for how you went about locating all the families of the seventy lost men. I’d like to do the same thing for the descendants of my father’s lost boat. I actually put a few ads in submarine mags. (Polaris, etc.) and message boards about nine years ago, but got no tips. So I’m left with the list of crew and their fragmentary (and temporary) addresses from 1943(!) I look forward to meeting you and perhaps corresponding with you. My e-mail:

    Mary Bentz
    April 14, 2008 | 11:05 am

    Dear Mary,
    I will be glad to help you as much as I can. First I want to tell you that this was a major joint effort with the two other sub ladies who were onboard before I was. To quote Rhonda in USA Today “The thing is, Vickie, Mary and I all have various ways of going about the search, and it is that combination that made this a success.” Everyone agrees the project was a trial-and-error thing.”
    Our working relationship worked out so well. Rhonda Raye was the lead on this and we worked very well together. I’ll be glad to talk to you.
    My email is:

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