Letting Fallen Shipmates Lie Undisturbed
Divers are looking for permission from the U.S. to explore the hulk of the USS Lagarto (SS-371):
"...The wreck, thought to be of the USS Lagarto, was discovered in May by divers now trying to obtain Pentagon permission to film and conduct research on the Balao class submarine, Jamie MacLeod, a 43-year-old professional shipwreck diver from Chichester, England, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
"Eighty-six sailors perished when the Lagarto sank in May 1945 - reportedly after being hit by mines laid by an enemy Japanese ship about 100 nautical miles (115 miles) off the eastern coast of Songkhla province in the Gulf of Thailand.
"MacLeod, who is based on the Thai resort island of Tao, says he is virtually certain the wreck is that of the Lagarto, but that he was waiting for U.S. military permission before further exploring the 311-foot, 9-inch boat...
"But a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said the divers would never get permission to study the sub because it belongs to the U.S. Navy and "is a final resting place for the people who went down with it, and it is not to be disturbed."
I agree that the crew of the Lagarto should be left in peace. While I support raising submarines from modern accidents if information can be learned to prevent future catastrophes, there would be no such upside from investigating Lagarto. Let her continue on her eternal patrol undisturbed.