Submarine warfare was one of the winning components in World War II. Unfortunately, winning came at a significant cost. The United States lost 52 submarines during the war, taking with them 374 officers and 3,131 men. This presentation recounts those losses and the importance of the submarine force. Taylor discusses the Lost 52 project, which has discovered the wreckage of 11 subs. He looks at the USS Grunion, the USS Perch, and the USS Bullhead. 


John Taylor retired in 2010 as the manager of the Integrated Technologies and Systems Strategic Management Group Support Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He has a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Stanford University and was a member of Sandia’s technical and management staff for 35 years. He is the author or co-author of 50 technical reports and 11 books on a variety of topics including New Mexico history, soccer science, and naval history.