Monday, August 21, 2006

Iowa Plans Submarine Memorial At Statehouse

August 21, 2006

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Statehouse will be home to a new military memorial.

A state commission has approved a monument on the grounds of the Capitol honoring submarines and their crews in World War I. The project is part of a nationwide effort to have each state establish a memorial for one of the 52 submarines lost during the war.

The submarine assigned to Iowa was the S-36. While the sub survived an enemy destroyer's attack, its crew had to abandon the vessel after it ran aground on a reef in January 1942.

The Iowa monument will include art work depicting a World War II submarine and a nuclear submarine. Money is being raised privately to cover the project's estimated cost of about $6,000.



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