“A poignant compendium of articles from Seacoast Onlineand the Portsmouth Herald by D. Allan Kerr provides touching portraits of those who served and never returned from the loss of USS Thresher. . . . Kerr demonstrates that even a half-century later we have not forgotten, and this book will help maintain those somber memories in our collective conscience.”
— David F. Winkler, Ph.D., Program Director, Naval Historical Foundation, Washington Navy Yard, DC.
“More than 50 years after the tragedy, if you listen carefully you can still find people arguing about how the loss of Thresheroccurred. . . . Stories are the fabric of our society and D. Allan Kerr is a master storyteller. I strongly recommend that you read his fine book to learn more about Thresherand her magnificent crew!”
— Peter B. Bowman, Captain, USN (Ret), former Portsmouth Naval Shipyard commander and Maine state senator
“. . . It is well known that Thresherwas at the forefront as a deterrent to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. However, Kerr shows us another dimension to the men of Thresher—the American spirits of character, morality, and integrity. . . . Kerr has reminded us to never forget those on Eternal Patrol.”
— Bruce Harvey, son of Lt. Cdmr. John Wesley Harvey, last commanding officer of USS Thresher(SSN 593)
“Through D. Allan Kerr’s well-researched and well-written Silent Strength, readers encounter many outstanding and gifted officers and crew of the USS Thresher. . . . With interviews and photographs [from] the families of the lost submariners, Kerr captures most vividly the lives and achievements of this remarkable group of men. Their sacrifice ushered in an improved and safer Navy. . . . the men of the Thresherstill live. Kerr’s book preserves this proud legacy.”
— Richard E. Winslow III, author of “Portsmouth-Built”: Submarines of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; “A Race of Shipbuilders”: The Hanscoms of Eliot, Maine, and several other Portsmouth Marine Society titles.