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Military Personnel Records

A veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran may apply for military personnel records through the National Archives online at eVetRecs (www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/).  The next of kin can be any of the following: surviving spouse that has not remarried, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother. 

Other relatives, friends, and researchers may apply for personnel records at the National Archives via this link:  Military Record Request (SF-180)

War Patrol Report

USS Flier Report of War Patrol Number One, including the Narrative of her Second War Patrol, and the official Investigation into Loss of USS Robalo and USS Flier)

Book on USS Flier

USS Flier - book by Michael Sturma

An excellent source of information is the recent book by Dr. Michael Sturma, The USS Flier - Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine.


Dr. Sturma examines the brief history of the boat, her grounding at Midway during a storm, her successful first patrol, the loss of the vessel on her second patrol, the rescue of her eight survivors, and the inquiry following her loss.


The book is available through Amazon.com and at most major bookstores.







Online article on the Loss of USS Flier


Loss of USS Flier by Flier Commanding Officer and survivor Captain John D. Crowley



Online articles on the Discovery of USS Flier


U.S. submarine, sunk in 1944, found Honolulu Advertiser, February 2, 2010


Navy identifies sunken sub Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 2, 2010


WW2 sub found; G. Haven family elated WOOD-TV, February 2, 2010


Sunken sub ID'd as one Al Jacobson served on Grand Haven Tribune, February 3, 2010


Closure at long last: Kittery woman learns fate of brother's sub, sunk 65 years ago in World War II fosters.com February 3, 2010


Family of U.S.S. Flier explosion in WWII thrilled about submarine's discovery Muskegon Chronicle, February 9, 2010


Discovery of late brother's sunken WWII sub soothes city woman The Standard Speaker, February 12, 2010


Memories re-surface for St. Albans veteran (no longer online) The Charleston Gazette, February 13, 2010


Sunken sub that claimed Ottawan’s life discovered, now headed for TV The Ottawa Herald  (Kansas), February 23, 2010


Discovery of WWII sub brings closure to relative of Castle Rock sailor  The Daily News Online March 24, 2010


Sailor with local ties in recovered (sic) WWII submarine Weatherford Democrat, March 28, 2010


Dive Detectives What's On (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Toronto-based television production company yap films discovers missing WWII US submarine Social Media Release, March 30, 2010


Wreckage of WWII sub found Odessa American Online, April 4, 2010


Cincinnati family: discovery of WW II submarine wreckage where cousin died brings closure The Cincinnati Herald, April 24, 2010


Families learn war heroes' fate: WWII sailors killed on sub, recently discovered in South China Sea
New York Daily News, June 22, 2010

After 66 years, local submariner honored  Cincinnati Enquirer, July 2, 2010





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