Navy to scatter vet’s ashes near site of 1963 sub sinking

HARTFORD — A submarine left a U.S. Navy base in Connecticut this week carrying the cremated remains of a veteran who will be buried at sea in the area where a submarine sank in 1963.

The USS Thresher went down off Cape Cod on April 10, 1963, killing all 129 men on board in the nation’s deadliest submarine disaster.

For half a century Navy Capt. Paul “Bud” Rogers struggled with feelings that it should have been him — and not his last-minute replacement — on the doomed voyage. After Rogers died last year, his family asked if the Navy could perform a burial ceremony near the site of the sinking.

His ashes and a Navy chaplain were aboard the USS Springfield when it left the base in Groton on Tuesday.