On the morning of Memorial Day, May 27, 1968, dozens of family members of the crew of the USS Scorpion gathered at Pier 22 at the Norfolk Naval Station awaiting the 1pm arrival of the submarine returning from a routine three-month deployment to the Mediterranean. The families waited for hours in the wind and rain clutching umbrellas and comforting shivering children. But unbeknownst to them, the Scorpion had sunk five days earlier, killing all ninety-nine men onboard.
What veteran military reporter Ed Offley has found out decades later is that the Navy already knew the Scorpion’s fate on that morning but hid the facts from family members, the press, and the public. To this day, family members and the public remain in the dark about what one American admiral has called “one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era.”
Ed Offley is a Military Reporter for The News Herald in Panama City, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (’69) and served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. His new book is Scorpion DownGuv,!vDjkjSunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion.