Ceremony To Honor Sailors, Submarines Lost In World War II

Oct 1, 2020

The Tolling of the Boats ceremony remembering lost submarines and sailors from World War II takes place in Wichita on Sunday.

The ceremony honors more than 50 submarines and 3,000 sailors who went missing during the war. The ceremony includes naming each boat lost, how many men were lost and tolling a bell for each boat.

A carnation will be dropped into the Arkansas River after the details about each missing submarine is read.

The Dorado Base of the Submarine Veterans has recently added a special tribute to Kansas sailors lost.

“I got some information that included crew list and home cities of all the crew of all the submarines that were lost,” said Bob Fugit, the Dorado Base commander. “So I’ve gone to including the names of Kansans who were aboard submarines when they were lost as we read off that submarine.”

The ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. at the USS Dorado Memorial at Wichita Veterans Memorial Park.

David Garcia is an intern in the KMUW News Lab. He is a senior in Wichita State University's Elliott School of Communication.